Goddess Marichi

late 17th-early 18th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art
New York, United States

This two-armed form of Marichi (Mongolian: Marichi eke) is the personification of a magic spell. She is yellow and holds a vajra in her right hand and a branch of the ashoka tree in her left. This figure most likely once was placed to the right of the goddess Tara at the head of a set of her twenty-one form. It is possible that this sculpture was once part of a set that is now in the collection of the Bogdo Khan Palace Museum in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.


  • Title: Goddess Marichi
  • Date Created: late 17th-early 18th century
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2005.16.26
  • Medium: Gilt copper alloy
  • Place of Creation: Mongolia
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (03/11/11 - 1/9/12; 01/25/12 - 01/14/13), Rubin Museum of Art, "Red, Black and Gold" (05/02/08 - 11/10/08), Rubin Museum of Art, "Beyond Chinggis Kahn: Mongolia Past and Present" (11/03/06 - 04/16/07), Rubin Museum of Art, "Female Buddhas: Women of Enlightenment in Himalayan Art" (06/04/05 - 01/16/06)

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