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Avalokiteshvara Shadakshari

Tibetan
18th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

76 x 55.5 cm (29 15/16 x 21 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.739

Medium or Technique

Distemper and gold on cotton, mounted with silk brocades, wood dowels

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, with no streamers or veil.

Four-armed Avalokiteshvara Shadakshari sits holding a jewel over his heart in his two lower hands. His upper right hand holds a mala and his upper left holds a lotus. Below him, running left to right, are Manjushri (with sword and sutra), Yama, and Mahakala (with vajra and lasso). Above him, left to right, are Padmasambhava, Shakyamuni Buddha, and a Dalai Lama. Also in the upper area are tiny representations of the sun and moon.

Inscription

on reverse, in gold ink, in Tibetan script: "Om, Ah, Hum" behind each figure.

Provenance

1921, William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, MA; 1921, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 7, 1921)

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection