Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting

4.24 Avalokiteshvara [5]


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This Mandala shows the fourarmed Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Shadakshari holding rosary, lotus and the wishfulling gem in center

Here the four-armed Shadakshari Avalokiteshvara is present together with scenes of the 8 dangers, from which Avalokiteshvara is the saviour. Each scene, graphically & engagingly illustrated, is specifically accompanied by a standing Bodhisattva. In clockwise order from the upper right scenes show rescue from:

1. Lions & pride
2. Snakes & envy
3. The six poisons & avarice
4. Robbers & fanatical views
5. Wild elephants & delusions
6. Fire & hatred
7. Demons & doubts
8. Floods & lust

The three deities on the central axis, Vajradhara above, Shadakshari in the center, & Padmasambhava below, represents the Truth, Beatific, & Emanation Bodies of Buddhahood. A pair of standing Bodhisattvas holding blossoming lotus flowers attend the main image on the left & right side.

This is a stunning example of a red-ground Thangka with generous usage of gold & touches of yellow, orange, blue & white. The mountainous landscape, waterfalls, trees, & houses, all drawn with striking realism & perfection, seem to exist in a strange re world made all the more interesting & intense by the gold.

Copy of an antique painting:
Central Regions, Tibet or Eastern Tibet, 17th century

Thangka, gouache & gold on cotton, 35.5 x 24.1 "

Private collection Source: "Wisdom & compassion – The sacred art of Tibet from Marylin M. Rhie & Robert A. F. Thurman in sociation with Harry N. Abrahams, Inc., Publisher", p. 421.

Measurements: 15.7 x 31.5" | 40 x 80 cm
Price: on request
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany or Nepal
Color: Red Background
Material: Natural Stone Colors