Kashmir, Prajnaparamita

9th-10th century, Kashmir, Prajnaparamita, brass with silver inlay, at the British Museum in London (UK).

9th-10th century, Kashmir, Prajnaparamita, brass with silver inlay, at the British Museum in London (UK).

Prajnaparamita is seated on a throne supported by two lions and a yaksha, a standing figure (attendant or donor) attached to the base, her hands held in the dharmacakra mudra. The lotuses on each side of her support the prajnaparamita sutra (which she embodies) to her left and another object on the other side, possibly a  shell. She is adorned with a tall three-leaf crown, heavy jewellery, a celestial scarf. The flaming halo is topped with a (broken) finial and banners.

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