Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity) - Khasarpani (Sky Flier)

སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས། 观音菩萨
(item no. 88653)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Buddhist
Size 19.05cm (7.50in) high
Material Copper
Collection Asia Society
Catalogue # acc. # 1994.004, Gift from The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund
Notes about the Central Figure

Alternate Names: Lokeshvara Avalokita Lokanata Lokanatha Mahakarunika

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description


The inscription reads 'om svasti, avalokiteshvara, the most supreme of deities, for the passing of Pema Wangyal...in the water female sheep year...by the educated Nepali Abhaya Jayati. Mangalam.' The water female sheep years occurring in the 16th century were 1523/24 and 1583/84. It is not necessarily true that this Pema Wangyal is the famous Ngari Panchen Pema Wangyal [P1699] whose dates are 1487 to 1542.

Jeff Watt 12-2015

Tibetan Printed Script (Uchen)
English Transliteration: "Om sva sti, To honor the memory of Padma Wangyal [who is one with] the omniscient Avalokiteshvara, best god of gods [the donor] Zangpo Lhachin had this [image] completed with deep reverence and faith by the skilled Newar Apha Jayati on the 15th day of the 1st month of the water-female-sheep year. By the virtue [of making this image], may all beings rapidly attain Buddhahood. Blessings." Translated by Amy Heller
Wylie Transliteration: //Om sva sti/ kun mkhyen lhaíi lha mchog spyan ras gzigs// padma dbang rgyal dgongs pa rdzogs phyir tu// bzang po lha sbyin rab gus dad pa yis// cho mo lug gi cho ''''''''phrul dus chen la// ne bal mkhas pa a pha jayatis bsgrubs// dge bas ''''''''gro kun sangs rgyas myur thob shog// mamgalam//

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