Vasudhara is the Buddhist goddess of wealth, good
fortune, and abundance. She is also regarded as a further development
of the early Buddhist concept of Mother Earth, who was called
to witness the Buddha’s resolve to reach enlightenment.
As one of the most popular household deities of Nepal, she is
worshiped in hopes of earthly riches as well as for fertility
of the field and the womb. In these two works depicting Vasudhara,
the six-armed goddess is seated at ease, the first right hand
in a gesture of supreme generosity, the second “raining
jewels,” the third in a gesture accompanying singing.
The first left hand holds the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra, the
second a sheaf of grain, the third an auspicious water vessel.
In the painting Vasudhara’s stylish clothing and that
of the surrounding figures illustrate the styles and textiles
of the time period.