Nepal, Vasudhara (1)

12th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

12th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

Vasudhara, in her one head and six hand form,  is seated with a leg extended, her foot resting on a lotus flower attached to the (now lost) base, her long lower garment held in place with a belt, adorned with jewellery inlaid with gemstones. In her middle right hands she holds a bundle of gems, the other two hands do the gesture accompanying music (top) and the gesture of generosity (bottom). In her left hands she holds a large lotus topped with the Prajnaparamita sutra and a long-life vase.

12th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

12th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

An inscription on the base of this work tells us that it was donated by Jasapal Candra around 1180-1189. Vasudhara wears a richly incised dhoti, a stone-inlaid tripartite crown decorated with large fan-shaped bows and jewellery (most of the stones now missing). Her left hands hold a manuscript (the Prajnaparamita sutra), a sheaf of grain and a long-life vase. On the other side, she holds raining jewels. The lower right hand does the tarjani mudra.

Same as before, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Same as before, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This is a similar image as far as the hand position and attributes are concerned, the base is missing.

12th century, Nepal. vasudhara, gilt metal, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

12th century, Nepal. vasudhara, gilt metal, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

Here, the lower right hand does the varada mudra (supreme generosity).

12th century, probably Nepal, Vasudhara, copper alloy, at the Brookly Museum (USA).

12th century, probably Nepal, Vasudhara, copper alloy, at the Brookly Museum (USA).

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