This Mandala was painted in the Nepalese Newari Style. The principal form of religious painting in Nepal consists of images of deities known aus "paubhas". Similar to thangkas, they are much rarer.
The paubha is the precursor of Tibetan thanka painting in Nepal. Intricate floriate decoration may be regarded as a hallmark of Nepali paubhas. Furthermore strong, contrasting colors are a typical characteristic for this kind of painting. The influence of Tibetan painting also shows in treatment of figures and landscapes and, sometimes, in the choice of subject as well.
The Nepalese paubha presented an inseparable part of Nepalese life. They are created by artists of the Newar. The Newars constitute the important ethnic group in the Kathmandu valley. They are are rich in culture and famous for their craftsmanship. There are many artistic pagodas, monuments and old palaces in the Kathmandu valley built by the Newars.
Avalokiteshvara is the archangelic Bodhisattva of Great Compassion. His vast vows to save all beings are said by the texts to be inconceivable. With his special Mantra OM MANI PADME HUM" [Hail the jewel in the lotus"], he travels to all realms of the universe in his tireless quest to deliver beings from suffering.
Source: "Wisdom and compassion - The sacred art of Tibet from Marylin M. Rhie and Robert A. F. Thurman in association with Harry N. Abrahams, Inc., Publisher", Page 34 and 136
|18.5 x 23.6" | 47 x 60 cm
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