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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on palm leaf
Overall: 5.7 x 54.6 cm (2 1/4 x 21 1/2 in.)
On Loan from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 16.2014.25.a
The red spots on her palms and feet are her cosmetic application of henna.
Seated in a golden shrine in a nocturnal forest, the green goddess Mahamayuri personifies the surrounding Sanskrit text. This text is recited for protection against poisons, especially snake venom. She has three heads: her central green head, plus a blue head on her left and a white head on her right. In her upper right hand she holds a peacock feather in reference to her mount. An arrow is in her second right hand, and her lower right hand gestures the gifting of protection. In her upper left hand she holds a lotus bud, followed by a bow. The lower left hand in her lap is in the mudra of meditative teaching.
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