Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity) - Eye Clearing

སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས། 观音菩萨
(item no. 30992)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Alternate Names: Lokeshvara Avalokita Lokanata Lokanatha Mahakarunika

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Avalokiteshvara, Eye Clearing.

Lokeshvara is peaceful in appearance, white in colour, with one face and four hands. The main pair of hands perform the eye clearing gesture at the heart. The second pair of hands holds in the right a nectar filled vase and in the left a mirror. He is adorned with celestial garments and jewels: in a standing posture with the legs together.

"To the Lord unstained by faults, white in colour, the head adorned with the perfect buddha, gazing on beings with eyes of compassion; to Avalokiteshvara I bow." (The verse is attributed to the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, 557-649).

At the top left is Manjushri, orange in colour, holding a sword and book. On the right side is Krodha Vajrapani, wrathful, dark blue, holding a vajra scepter and performing a fearsome gesture.

Jeff Watt 5-2013

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