Nepal, Vasudhara (3)

13th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper with glass and turquoise, private collection, photo by Christie's.

13th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper with glass and turquoise, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Vasudhara, with one head and six hands, holds a manuscript, a sheaf of grain and  a long-life vase in her left hands, the upper right hand does the gesture accompanying music, the middle one holds raining jewels and the lower one is held palm out in the gesture of supreme generosity. She wears a long dhoti incised with a floral motif and held in place with a belt decorated with a turquoise cabochon. Her three-leaf crown and side bows are studded with glass.

14th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper, same as before.

14th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper and stones, same as before.

We see her here complete with the single-lotus base on which she is seated, her right foot resting on a bud attached to it, her hands in the same position and holding the same attributes plus an oval object (fruit or jewel) in her lower right hand.

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 example, the manuscript is on a lotus flower in her top left hand and there are three gems (or pearls?) in her lower right hand.

 

 

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