Venerable Celestial Bodhiruma (Translation)
菩提樹神尊天像軸 清中期 佚名 絹本設色描金 (Primary Title)
Goddess Bodhiruma (Former Title)
hanging scroll (Object Name)

Unknown (Artist)

ca. 1740
Hanging scroll; ink, color, gold on silk
Overall: 104 1/2 × 46 1/4 in. (265.43 × 117.48 cm)
Image: 65 5/8 × 35 3/4 in. (166.69 × 90.81 cm)
Not on view

Goddess Bodhiruma is a legendary Buddhist deity, named after the bodhi tree under which the Buddha achieved enlightenment. In this painting, the goddess and two attendants, one of whom is holding a bodhi tree branch, are dressed in elaborate attire.

Along with the King Sagara painting nearby, this painting is associated with the Buddhist water-and-land ritual ceremony in which a large series of devotional paintings depicting gods, humans, and demons was presented for salvation of all beings. The ritual developed in the 12th century and became the favorite ritual during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736–1795)
莊親王寶 Zhuang qinwang bao (Prince Zhuang’s treasure)
Upper right: 菩提樹神尊天像 (Venerable Celestial Bodhiruma) Lower right: 和碩莊親王發心誠造 (Respectfully made by Prince Zhuang, Boggodo)
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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