2018 Wall Calendar Buddhist Female Deities
Approximately 2,500 years ago, Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment while meditating beneath a fig tree in Bodh Gaya, India, after having spent years in reflection. He became the Buddha, or “awakened one.” His teachings about the path to attaining wisdom and compassion spread from his native India throughout Asia, and each culture imbued the practice of Buddhism with its own identity. Devotional art—sculptures and paintings used as visual aids for liturgies and meditative practices—was created wherever the religion was adopted. The twelve artworks reproduced in this calendar showcase female deities as they were portrayed in Tibet, Nepal, and China from the thirteenth century to the nineteenth century. All the works are from the collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian Art. (Pomegranate) Size 12 x 13 in.