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Buddhist Attendant, Possibly a Dakini

late 18th century
Eastern Tibet
Color on paper
Image: 50 1/4 x 33 1/4 in. (127.6 x 84.5 cm) Overall: 77 3/8 × 33 1/4 in. (196.5 × 84.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
Not on view
This dancing goddess, perhaps intended to represent a perfected female being (dakini), honors the Buddhist wheel of wisdom (dharmachakra), which she holds in her right hand, flanked by golden fish and surmounted by a conch, symbols of auspiciousness. In her left she holds a lotus flower, which may relate her to the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. This sheet was part of a larger composition (now lost).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mother India: The Goddess in Indian Painting," June 29, 2011–November 27, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 3, 2011–December 9, 2012.

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