Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting

4.24 Avalokiteshvara [5]


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

1. lions and pride,
2. snakes and envy,
3. the six poisons and avarice,
4. robbers and fanatical views,
5. wild elephants and delusions,
6. fire and hatred,
7. demons and doubts, and
8. floods and lust.

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

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

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

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

Private collection Source: "Wisdom and compassion – The sacred art of Tibet from Marylin M. Rhie and 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
Farbe: Red Background
Material: Natural Stone Colors