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Manuscript cover with three Gods of Wealth
Place of Origin: Mongolia
Date: approx 1700-1900
Materials: Colors on paper
Dimensions: H. 6 3/8 in x W. 19 7/8 in, H. 16.2 cm x W. 50.5 cm (image); H. 10 1/2 in x W. 23 in, H. 26.7 cm x W. 58.4 cm (overall)
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of Sa Francisco, Gift of Miss Katherine Ball
Department: Himalayan Art
Collection: Books And Manuscripts
Object Number: F2001.8
On Display: No

Description

Label: Manuscript covers from the Himalayas feature deities thought to be active in the ordinary, material world. Appearing frequently are worldly protectors and gods of wealth, as is the case with this paper insert from a Mongolian manuscript cover. Left to right, the deities here are Jambhala, Vaishravana, and a wealth-oriented form of the fierce blue Vajrapani; each figure holds a mongoose from whose mouth fall jewels.

The depiction of deities whose imagery is thought to cause the acquisition of wealth is deemed a spiritual endeavor, since Buddhists believe it is impossible to meditate if one is preoccupied with material survival.

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Exhibition History: "One Billion Buddhas: The Awakened Cosmos of Himalayan Buddhism", Asian Art Museum, 8/9/2016-4/9/2017
Label: Manuscript covers from the Himalayas feature deities thought to be active in the ordinary, material world. Appearing frequently are worldly protectors and gods of wealth, as is the case with this paper insert from a Mongolian manuscript cover. Left to right, the deities here are Jambhala, Vaishravana, and a wealth-oriented form of the fierce blue Vajrapani; each figure holds a mongoose from whose mouth fall jewels.

The depiction of deities whose imagery is thought to cause the acquisition of wealth is deemed a spiritual endeavor, since Buddhists believe it is impossible to meditate if one is preoccupied with material survival.
Exhibition History: "One Billion Buddhas: The Awakened Cosmos of Himalayan Buddhism", Asian Art Museum, 8/9/2016-4/9/2017