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Queen as the Goddess Prajnaparamita

Type
Buddhist sculpture
Historical period(s)
14th century
Medium
Gilt copper
Dimension(s)
H x W x D: 20.3 x 17 x 17 cm (8 x 6 11/16 x 6 11/16 in)
Geography
Nepal
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1986.23
Label
Buddhism entered Nepal from India in the fourth century B.C.E, and remains an active religion there today. An inscription on the base of this devotional image suggests that the Nepali queen Dipamala is represented as the goddess Prajnaparamita.

This goddess personifies the scripture called the Perfection of Knowledge, an important and popular Mahayana (Great Way) Buddhist text.

Mr. (1906-1999) and Mrs. Paul Manheim [1]

To 1986
Peter Marks Gallery, New York City, to 1986

From 1986
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Peter Marks Gallery in 1986

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Note 7 in object record.

Former owner
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Manheim
Peter Marks Gallery
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Sculpture
Keyword(s)
Buddhism, casting, gilding, mudra, Nepal, portrait, Prajnaparamita, queen
Collection(s) Area
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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