Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity)

སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས། 观音菩萨
(item no. 49379)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Karma (Kagyu) and Buddhist
Material Metal
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Alternate Names: Lokeshvara Avalokita Lokanata Lokanatha Mahakarunika

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Avalokiteshvara seated on a cow. This unique form of Lokeshvara is said to be created by the 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje after having had a dream of Avalokiteshvara in this specific form. (Also see another image of a figure riding a cow and a wrathful figure on a cow).

Lokeshvara is peaceful in appearance with one face and two hands, richly adorned with jewelery, earrings, necklaces and such. At the crown of the head is a small image of Amitabha Buddha. Adorning the left shoulder is a krishnasara deer skin. The proper right hand holds a lotus blossom and the left holds a flask, or vase, along with the stem of a lotus flower blossoming over the left shoulder. He is seated upright in a posture with the two legs extended forward and down - resting atop a cow in a lying posture. Two small attendant figures - male and female- are kneeling in front.

Jeff Watt 7-2011

Secondary Images
Related Items
Publication: Seer Photographic Collection

Thematic Sets
Sculpture: Torana Comparison (Choying Dorje Atelier)
Buddhist Deity: Avalokiteshvara Masterworks (Sculpture)
Buddhist Deity: Avalokiteshvara (Non-Iconic Forms)
Buddhist Deity: Avalokiteshvara (Seated, Holding a Lotus)
Artist: Choying Dorje & Atelier (Sculpture)
Buddhist Deity: Lokeshvara (Unusual Iconography)