• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 771

    A Sandstone Stele of a Female Deity from the Pancha Raksha


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    A Sandstone Stele of a Female Deity from the Pancha Raksha
    Nepal, circa 16th century
    Seated in dhyanasana over a double-lotus throne, her eight arms carrying various implements and radiating about her, the four faces backed by a nimbus and aureola with petal borders
    13¾ in. (35 cm.) high

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    The Pancha Raksha are a group of five female deities that are anthropomorphic representations of five early Buddhist sutras. Each of the deities have certain abilities, including preventing disasters and pestilence, overcoming fear, and curing snakebites. While various manifestations and forms of the Pancha Raksha can be found throughout the Buddhist world, the representations with multiple arms and heads are most popular in Nepal.


    Acquired in New York by 1971


    On loan to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, from 1971-2009 (L71.13.10)