Nepal, Vasudhara (2)

12th-13th century, Nepal, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published by Rossi&Rossi.

12th-13th century, Nepal, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published by Rossi&Rossi.

Vasudhara holds in her left hands the Prajnaparamita sutra, a sheaf of rice grain, a long-life vase. Her upper right hand does a gesture  related to music. She wears a five-leaf crown with upward flowing ribbons. Long braids of black hair fall over her shoulders.

12th-13th c., Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt c.a.+stones, 20 cm, 6 hands, abhaya+gem bundle+tarjani

The middle one holds a bunch of gems and the lower one does the tarjani mudra. Her lower garment is richly decorated with a stippled motif and rosettes.

13th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt metal, at the Patan Museum, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

13th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt metal, at the Patan Museum, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Instead of a bunch of gems she may hold raining jewels in her middle right hand, as above.

13th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper with stones, private collection, same as before.

13th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper with stones, private collection, same as before.

This Vasudhara wears a stone-inlaid crown derived from the earlier one-panel Kirtimukha design. On each side we can see how her hair is rolled up except for a couple of undulated strands. Her lower garment is decorated with a stippled floral motif.

13th-14th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy, published by Rossi&Rossi.

13th-14th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy, published by Rossi&Rossi.

With different jewellery and headdress but the same attributes in the same hands.

14th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

14th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

When her middle right hand doesn’t hold raining jewels it normally holds a bunch of gemstones. The above looks almost the same as the sheaf of rice grain on the other side. There is a half-vajra finial on her head.

14th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper and stones, at the Nelson Atkins Museum (USA).

14th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper and stones, at the Nelson Atkins Museum (USA).

The above has a three-panel crown, with a Kirtimukha design at the front, decorated with fan-shaped bows.

Same as before, gilt metal and stones, at the American Museum of Natural History.

Same as before, gilt metal and stones, at the American Museum of Natural History.

The five-leaf pointed crown and chignon topped with a finial (half-vajra in this case), along with the rich gilding and profusion of clear gemstones point to the early Malla period. Her broken upper arm would have been doing the gesture to accompany music. There is a small oval object in her lower right hand, possibly a gem.

14th-15th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy and gemstones, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (USA).

14th-15th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy and gemstones, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (USA).

On this sculpture, there are three small gems in the palm of her right hand.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s