Vasudhara, Goddess of Abundance

Vasudhara, Goddess of Abundance

1300s-1400s

Gilt bronze and semi-precious stones

Overall: 16.2 cm (6 3/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1947.493

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In Nepal this female counterpart of the god of wealth is one of the most popular divinities. This image was set up in either a domestic shrine or a Buddhist monastery, where devotees would pray to her for wealth, prosperity, and children. In each of her six arms she holds objects pertaining to life and abundance: jewels, an overflowing pot, and a sheaf of wheat. A Buddhist philosophical text rests on top of the lotus flower she holds in her topmost left hand, suggesting that wealth and prosperity can derive from the acquisition of true knowledge.

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