Manuscript Cover with Four Vidyadevis Accompanied by a Protective Deity, Distemper on wood; repoussé gilt-copper cover, Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)

Manuscript Cover with Four Vidyadevis Accompanied by a Protective Deity

Period:
Karnata-Malla period
Date:
14th–15th century
Culture:
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Medium:
Distemper on wood; repoussé gilt-copper cover
Dimensions:
2 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. (5.7 x 46.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
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.