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Banquet for Four Dharmapalas with Mount Meru

Artist/maker unknown, Mongolian

Made in Mongolia, Asia

c. 18th century

Colors on cloth

Image: 40 inches × 9 feet 1 3/4 inches (101.6 × 278.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Natacha Rambova, 1959

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This scroll painting depicts a banquet for four of the Dharmapalas, defenders of Buddhist Law. From left to right, they are Yama, Yamantaka, Mahakala, and Kuvera. They are shown as bodiless presences in full armor, carrying their symbols and attributes, surrounded by myriad scenes, deities, and symbols that are connected with the banquet.