The Goddess Vasudhara Flanked by Kubera and a Fragmentary Durga
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Double-sided scroll; ink and color on cloth
Image: 11 3/8 x 22 in. (28.9 x 55.9 cm)
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2004
Not on view
At left, Kubera sits with his consort, a deity associated with wealth. At the far right are the remains of a multi-armed goddess sitting on a lion who is almost certainly Durga. They bracket Vasudhara, who embodies the totality of Mahayana ideology symbolized by The Perfection of Wisdom manuscript she holds in her upper left hand. While the mala in her upper right hand refers to the pursuit of learning, her other attributes comment on abundance. Her lower right hand is held in varada mudra (boon-bestowing gesture), while her middle right hand holds a wish-fulfilling jewel. Her lower left hand holds a pot overflowing with foliage (purnaghata) and her middle left hand grasps a sheath of rice. The inscription at bottom relates that an artist named Kutu made the work in 1651.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas," December 20, 2014–June 14, 2015.