Thousand-armed, Eleven-headed Avalokiteshvara
Object Place: Tibet
Overall: 120 x 70.5cm (47 1/4 x 27 3/4in.) Other (Image): 62 x 40cm (24 7/16 x 15 3/4in.)
Medium or Technique
Opaque watercolor and gold on cotton, mounted with silk brocade and wood dowels
Not On View
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.
On reverse: In formal Tibetan block script, "Om, ah, hum" behind each figure, plus a longer inscription, to be read.
1908, Edward W. Forbes, Cambridge, MA; 1908, gift of Forbes to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 9, 1908)
Gift of Edward W. Forbes