Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity) - Amoghapasha (Unfailing Lasso)

སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས། 观音菩萨
(item no. 100003)
Origin Location Nepal
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Size 68.58x94.62cm (27x37.25in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Shelley & Donald Rubin
Catalogue # acc.# P1994.15.2
Notes about the Central Figure

Alternate Names: Lokeshvara Avalokita Lokanata Lokanatha Mahakarunika

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Amoghapasha: the Unfailing Lasso.

Amoghapasha, peaceful in appearance, white in colour, has one face and eight arms, in a standing posture on an ornate throne and 'torana' throne-back. Standing on the left side is a goddess, blue-green in colour. Standing on the right side is a yellow goddess with four arms. On the left side of the throne is a kneeling male figure. On the right side is the kneeling figure of red Hayagriva identified by the small green horse head atop his own.

In the top register beginning on the left are Shakyamuni Buddha, Akshobhya, Amitabha, Vairochana, Amoghasiddhi and Ratnasambhava.

Jeff Watt 8-2011

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