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)
Fletcher Fund, 1938
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.