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Bodhisattvadevi Prajnaparamita

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Bodhisattvadevi Prajnaparamita

Bodhisattvadevi Prajnaparamita is the Buddhist goddess of transcendental wisdom, personified in this statue from 13th century Singhasari East Javanese art. This statue of Prajnaparamita is probably the most famous depiction of the goddess of transcendental wisdom and is considered the masterpiece of classical ancient Java Hindu-Buddhist art in Indonesia.

Bodhisattvadevi is the female title for a bodhisattva and this figure was discovered in Cungkup Putri ruins near Singhasari temple, Singhasari, East Java. As with many statues from East Java, this one is thought to be the “portrait statue” of the Queen the and wife of the first King of Majapahit Kingdom and served as her mortuary deified statue. Bodhisattvadevi is the female title for a bodhisattva.

Prajñāpāramitā means “the Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom” in Mahāyāna Buddhism which took root in ancient Java Sailendra court in the 8th century CE. The Mahayana reverence of female Buddhist deity started with the cult of Tara enshrined in the 8th century Kalasan temple in Central Java.

Bodhisattvadevi Prajnaparamita

  • Title:                            Bodhisattvadevi Prajnaparamita
  • Date:                           13th century
  • Find Site:                   Cungkup Putri ruins near Singhasari temple, Malang, E. Java.
  • Museum:                   National Museum of Indonesia

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Photo Credits: 1) By Gunawan Kartapranata (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons