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Asian Art

Altarpiece with Vasudhara, Buddhist Goddess of Wealth

18th - 19th century

Bronze and gilt brass alloy with inlaid stones

75 × 34 × 20 in. (190.5 × 86.36 × 50.8 cm)
Sulpture: 17 × 15 × 10 in. (43.18 × 38.1 × 25.4 cm)
base: 12 × 34 × 20 in. (30.48 × 86.36 × 50.8 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1951.51.62.1-.2a-i
Vasudhara is a Buddhist goddess of wealth. This name is also used for the Hindu goddess of the earth, a fact which may explain her emblem, a sheaf of corn. The six-armed form of Vasudhara is popular in Nepal, while Tibetans prefer the two-armed aspect.
Geography: 
Nepal
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Nepalese
Period: 
Shah or United Kingdoms period (1769–2008)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Said to have been brought from India by Dr. Coomaraswamy for Mrs. Fiske Warren, (1868–1961) New York; Asia Institute, New York; Mrs. William H. Moore (Ada Small Moore) (1858–1955) New York; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1951

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