Buddhist Celestial Musician from Central Asia

Panel with celestial musician, Central Asia, 14th century. Panel with celestial musician, Central Asia, 14th century. Courtesy Cleveland Museum of Art, acc. no. 1987.145.

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, houses a panel, originally part of a much larger hanging, that is made of cotton and is embroidered in silk and gold thread with the representation of a female celestial musician from the Buddhist pantheon. The panel measures 67 x 45 cm.

The musician is standing on a lotus and playing a lute. The blue colour of the goddess would represent the sense of hearing in Buddhist iconography.

Cleveland Museum of Art online catalogue (retrieved 3rd September 2017).

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