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Buddha Ratnasambhava and Goddess in a Lotus Petal

11th-12th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art
New York, United States

The buddha depicted in this work is most likely Ratnasambhava, the Buddha of the South. The object in his right hand would then be a jewel on a lotus. The object in front of his lotus seat probably also represents a jewel, which is the symbol of this buddha’s family. The identity of the goddess underneath remains uncertain. Since she does not hold a jewel herself, she likely represents Ratnasambhava’s consort, the wisdom deity of his family. The family of a buddha includes all of the deities associated with him, his direction, and his qualities.

Details

  • Title: Buddha Ratnasambhava and Goddess in a Lotus Petal
  • Date Created: 11th-12th century
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2003.55.3
  • Medium: Copper alloy
  • Place of Creation: Northeastern India
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (03/11/11 - 01/09/12)

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