Vashudhara, Goddess of Abundance

Title: Vashudhara, Goddess of Abundance
Artist: Unknown
Location: Washington, D.C.
Culture: Nepal
Medium: Gilt copper with semi-precious stones and traces of vermilion
Dimensions: H x W x D: 20.9 x 16.1 x 14.9 cm (8 1/4 x 6 5/16 x 5 7/8 in)
Repository: Sackler Gallery 22: Encountering the Buddha

Sitting in a meditative pose with six arms stretched freely to her sides, is Vashudhara the Goddess of Abundance. The once pristine appearance of the statue’s golden, gilt copper finish has become patches of dark brown. Although the Buddha dates back to 1082, the crown of Vashudhara still bears its bright semi-precious stones, making this centuries old statue a true wonder. In her hands are objects which signify abundance; The highest left hand is holding a brick of gold, and the lowest, a pot of seeds or valuable stones. Vashudhara’s calm and inviting facial expression reflects her enlightenment as a buddha.

Vasudhara, Goddess of Abundance, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Buddhas Across Borders

Author: Nefertari Pierre-Louis

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