Himalayan Art Resources

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

སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས། 观音菩萨
(item no. 88563)
Date Range 1400 - 1499
Collection Anna Maria Rossi & Fabio Rossi
Notes about the Central Figure

Alternate Names: Lokeshvara Avalokita Lokanata Lokanatha Mahakarunika

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Amoghapasha, Five Deities (Tibetan: don yo shag pa. English: Unfailing Lasso): one of five paintings depicting an illustrated top register and then the main portion of the composition of each painting is the Amoghapasha Dharani Sutra written on a black background. (See deity identification key).

At the center of the register sits Lokeshvara (Avalokiteshvara), white, with one face and two hands. Standing at the immediate left is Red Amoghapasha followed by the wrathful red Hayagriva. On the right stand the two female deities, White Bhrikuti followed by the wrathful black Ekajati. These five deities constitute the Five Deity Amoghapasha visualized as a (mandala).

Placed at the ends of the registers are the Ekadashamukha Lokeshvara and on the right the standing white Chintamani Lokeshvara.

Paintings such as these were created to overcome particular obstacles or inauspicious events. The donor could be an individual, a family, or a community either lay or monastic. The reason to paint and copy the Amoghapasha Dharani would generally be determined through a divination performed by a religious figure respected in the community.

Jeff Watt 1-2009

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