Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity) - Bodhisattva

སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས། 观音菩萨
(item no. 65829)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Alternate Names: Lokeshvara Avalokita Lokanata Lokanatha Mahakarunika

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan: chen re zi. English: the All Seeing Lord) from a set of nine paintings depicting the Eight Great Bodhisattvas.

The depictions of the eight principal bodhisattvas are non-iconic and created based on the individual narrative stories from the Mahayana Sutra literature along with the imagination and artistic tradition of the artist.

Made famous in the Sutras as a bodhisattva, an aspirant to enlightenment, in the Vajrayana system of Northern Buddhism, in the Tantra texts specifically, he is acknowledged as a fully enlightened Buddha manifesting in a vast array of meditational forms for the benefit of all living beings.

Avalokiteshvara is the patron bodhisattva of Tibet and is included in all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. There are numerous New (Sarma) lineages and varying forms of practice that span all four tantric classifications as well as uncounted old oral traditions (Kama) and Treasure (Terma) traditions from the Nyingmapa School.

"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 great Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, 557-649).

Jeff Watt 3-2008

Front of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: [No inscriptions]

Reverse of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: [No inscriptions]

Related Items
Publication: Selection of Works - Painting (RMA)

Thematic Sets
Painting Style: Palpung Monastery
Painting Style: Palpung - Peaceful & Semi-Peaceful Deities
Buddhist Deity: Avalokiteshvara Masterworks (Painting)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 4
Painting Set: Eight Great Bodhisattvas (Palpung)