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Manuscript Cover with Four Vidyadevis Accompanied by a Protective Deity

Karnata-Malla period
14th–15th century
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Distemper on wood; repoussé gilt-copper cover
2 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. (5.7 x 46.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Nancy Wiener Hamill, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.555.2a, b
Not on view
This upper manuscript cover is decorated with four female Buddhist deities, probably wisdom goddesses (vidyadevis), and one eight-armed protective deity; each is in a red aureole. The figures are interspersed with fans (chauri; above) and ritual utensils (below). The gilt-copper cover features a lotus, a foliate design, and a pearl border.
Doris Wiener , New York (by ca. 1970; passed to Nancy Wiener by 2004) ; Nancy Wiener , New York (by 2004; given to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.

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