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Figure of Shadakshari Avalokiteshvara

17thCentury

Western part of Tibet

gilt bronze

H20 x L10cm

Figure of Shadakshari Avalokiteshvara is the four armed manifestatin of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. In Tibetan buddhism he is believed to embody the mystic mantra “om mani padme hum”. The Bodhisattva is seated in vajrasana (diamond position) on a double lotus base with beaded rims. His hands are folded in anjali mudra in front of his chest. The two other hands are raised up to both sides of the shoulders; the right hand is in the vitarka mudra position, holding a rosary (mala), the left hand a stylized lotus flower. He is clad in a diaphanous dhoti and adorned with an inlaid urna, double necklaces, armbands, earrings and an elaborate five-leaf crown. Two long streamers fall down from the shoulders to twist in the air at each side. Probably from the Western part of Tibet, influenced by the bronzes of Kashmir from the 11-12th Century.



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