Female Buddha



c. 19th century
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General Description

Unlike Western religious arts designed for churches or shrines, which were often painted on walls or frescoes, or, if they were smaller paintings, on wood panels or canvas, holy images made for Buddhist temples or for private Buddhist worship in homes were frequently painted with colored inks on textiles. Representations of female Buddhas, considered protective figures, are common in Himalayan Buddhism.

Excerpt from

  • Label text, Anne Bromberg, Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road, 2017.

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