Iconographic Drawing of a Rainmaking Mandala


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 223

This mandala is set in the watery realm of the Dragon Kings, guardian deities commonly associated with rain, the sea, and other bodies of water. Esoteric Buddhists used mandalas with similar imagery as focuses of rainmaking rituals to prevent drought. Although no known polychrome or highly finished versions of this type of mandala survive, evidence shows that they were in use by the 900s.

On view for rotations 1 and 2

Iconographic Drawing of a Rainmaking Mandala, Hanging scroll; ink on paper, Japan

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.