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Queen as the Goddess Prajnaparamita
14th century



Gilt copper
H: 20.3 W: 17.0 D: 17.0 cm
Nepal

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Buddhism entered Nepal from India in the fourth century B.C.E, and remains an active religion there today. An inscription on the base of this devotional image suggests that the Nepali queen Dipamala is represented as the goddess Prajnaparamita.

This goddess personifies the scripture called the Perfection of Knowledge, an important and popular Mahayana (Great Way) Buddhist text.