Prajnaparamita, Buddha Shakyamuni, and Lokeshvara

Artist/maker unknown, Nepalese

Geography:
Made in Nepal, Asia

Period:
Malla Dynasty (1200-1769)

Date:
c. 16th century

Medium:
Stone with traces of ritual powder accretions

Dimensions:
4 1/2 × 7 3/4 × 1 1/8 inches (11.4 × 19.7 × 2.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1959-93-87

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lessing J. Rosenwald, 1959

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Label:
The architectural format of this rare stone sculpture (multilobed arches separated by pillars) is a distinctive feature of the Malla period. The deities seated in the niches are eminent figures in the Buddhist pantheon: the goddess (left) embodies the important Buddhist text The Perfection of Wisdom, the title of which is also the literal translation of her name; the historical Buddha Shakyamuni (center) invokes the moment of his enlightenment by touching the earth to witness his triumph; and Lokeshvara (right) demonstrates his compassionate nature with a boon-granting gesture. The remnants of red powders on the deities' foreheads indicate they were once ritually worshiped.