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Thangka

Native NameThangka
Object Number:51-4-132
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tibetan
Buddhist
Provenience: Tibet
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Section:Asian
Technique:Painted
Iconography:Avalokitesvara
Sahasrabhujalokeshvara
Sakyamuni Buddha
Amitabha Buddha
Manjusri
Vajrapani
Acala
Green Tara
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Robert R. Service, 1951
Other Number:28-A - Other Number

Description

Painting. 1000 armed, 11 faced, Avalokitesvra (Sahasrabhujalokeshvara), on either side the 6 muni who preside over the 6 worlds of rebirth. Above: a trinity of Buddhas, Sakyamuni, Amitabha, Bhaisajyaguru; with 2 bodhisattvas in the corners, Manjusri and Vajrapani who are often associated with Avalokitesvara in a lesser trinity, symbolizing Wisdom, Mercy, Power. Bottom: Acala, with the white and green Taras in the corners. This is iconographically very interesting becasue none of the figures (except the 6 Muni Buddhas) carry their required attributes. (Perhaps it was felt that they were sufficiently recognizable without them, by their context in this painting.)

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