Hemanta Rajni Riding a Camel
MediumGilt Bronze, pigments
DimensionsWork : 11 1/8 x 13 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (28.26 x 34.29 x 9.53 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection, Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
LabelHemanta 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.