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Thousand-armed, Eleven-headed Avalokiteshvara

Tibetan
18th–19th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

Overall: 120 x 70.5cm (47 1/4 x 27 3/4in.) Other (Image): 62 x 40cm (24 7/16 x 15 3/4in.)

Accession Number

08.185

Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor and gold on cotton, mounted with silk brocade and wood dowels

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, with streamers, veil and decorative stitched borders.

Eleven-headed Avalokiteshvara stands with his thousand arms spread in a circle around him. Below are Bodhisattvas; running counterclockwise from upper left: White Tara, Manjushri, Green Tara, Vajrapani, and Vajrasattva. Above, Shakyamuni sits in the upper left corner with the Medicine Buddha below him, a Dalai Lama sits at center, with two Gelugpa lamas seated below him, and Padmasambhava sits in the upper right corner with an unidentified monk below him.

Inscription

On reverse: In formal Tibetan block script, "Om, ah, hum" behind each figure, plus a longer inscription, to be read.

Provenance

1908, Edward W. Forbes, Cambridge, MA; 1908, gift of Forbes to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 9, 1908)

Credit Line

Gift of Edward W. Forbes