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Mandala of Candaroshana

  • Object:

    Mandala

  • Place of origin:

    Nepal (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hammered copper and brass, parcel gilt

  • Museum number:

    IM.91:1 to 9-1936

  • Gallery location:

    Buddhism, Room 17, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Galleries of Buddhist Art, case 3 []

This mandala is a ritual model that represents a divine space, typically, as here, visualised as a palace. Inside this protected space the deity, in this case the moon god Chandaroshana, appears with his consort. Three-dimensional mandalas such as this are external reminders of the mandalas visualised by Buddhist practitioners during religious ceremonies in which a deity is evoked and petitioned for help.

Physical description

Mandala of Chandaroshana. The mandala rests on a double base, chased and repoussé to represent the ocean of rebirth, the outer part of the upper base suggests a rampart of multiple crescent form (nine sections, each surmounted by a divinity). The mandala is a four walled enclosure, with four gates, above each of which appears a chakra flanked by two knealing gazelles. Inside the mandala are images of Chandaroshana and other Buddhist divinities.

Place of Origin

Nepal (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Hammered copper and brass, parcel gilt

Dimensions

Height: 65 cm overall

Descriptive line

mandala of Manjusri, copper brass, Tibet, 18th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Clarke, John; The New Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Galleries of Buddhist Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum,
Orientations; vol. 48. no. 5, September/October 2017, pp. 68, fig.9 and 9a.

Labels and date

Mandala of Chandaroshana (the Moon God)
1700–1800
During religious ceremonies, Buddhists often visualise a
protected, divine space known as a mandala. This threedimensional
mandala, used in rituals in Nepal and Tibet,
is an external reminder of an inner, visualised mandala.
It takes the form of a palace, in which the moon god
Chandaroshana appears with his consort when evoked
and petitioned for help.
Copper and partially gilded brass
Nepal or Tibet
Made by Nepalese craftsmen
Museum no. IM.91-1936 [14/06/2011]

Subjects depicted

Gazelle

Categories

Metalwork; Religion; Buddhism; Ceremonial objects

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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