Hemanta Rajni Riding a Camel


Artist
Mongolian (Mongolian)
Date
19th century
Medium
Gilt Bronze, pigments
Dimensions
Work : 11 1/8 x 13 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (28.26 x 34.29 x 9.53 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection, Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Object Number
2021.21.18.A-B

Label
Hemanta Rajni is the Queen of Winter. She often appears in the retinue of the dharmapala Magzor Gyalmo, but is also revered as a deity in her own right. Because she rides a camel, Hemanta Rajni is considered by Mongolians to be the patron saint of camel herders. Before the introduction of motor vehicles, camels played an important role in transporting people and goods across the vast Mongolian steppes.

Object Type
Metal
Sculpture