Ushnisavijaya and Celebration of Old Age (Jyatha Janko)
- 19th century
- Pigments on cloth
- Catalog Number
- F1997.17.24 (HAR 100024)
- Rubin Museum of Art
- Gift of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
In Himalayan cultures religious merit is the overarching reason for creating, commissioning, dedicating, and using religious works of art.
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