Nepal, Vasudhara (4)

16th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy and red pigment, at the Walters

16th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy and red pigment, at the Walters Art Museum (USA).

Vasudhara in her one face and six arms version, her right leg pendant, the foot resting on a (missing) vase attached to the (missing) base, holds a manuscript, a sheaf of rice, a long-life vase in her left hands, her upper right hand does the  gesture of accomplishing music, her lower right hand does the gesture of supreme generosity, the middle one holds raining jewels. She wears a transparent bodice that covers one shoulder only and an ankle-length dhoti held in place with a belt and pleated into an elegant fan shape under her ankles.

Same as before, gilt copper, private collection, photo by Christie's.

Same as before, gilt copper, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The base is missing here too but the vase under her foot has remained.

16th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy and stones, published on pindoles.com-

16th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy and stones, published on pindoles.com.

The above figure has a small oval object in her hand, a fruit or a gem

Same as before, gilt metal, at the British Museum (UK).

Same as before, gilt metal, at the British Museum (UK).

On this composition, complete with ornate halo and pedestal, there are vases topped with jewels attached to the base, and  foliage with three jewels. Her crown and jewellery are decorated with a floral motif inlaid with stones. Her facial features, the style of her earrings, the pointed fingers and the ample draping of her lower garment indicate a Chinese influence.

17th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy, at the British Museum.

17th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy, at the British Museum.

Another variant, with the vase on top of a lotus attached to the base, both displayed horizontally, wearing a an ankle-length tight fitting dhoti decorated with an incised motif.

 

Same as before.

Same as before.

It is unusual for her right foot to rest directly on a lotus flower, with no vase under it or near it.

 

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