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Avalokiteshvara, Amoghapasha

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  • 19th century
  • Pigment on cotton
  • Height: not filled / Width: not filled / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Hans Leder, Inv. Nr.: 4461
  • Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig
  • © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW
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The white Amoghapasha Avalokiteshvara sits in meditation posture on a multi-coloured lotus with a moon disc. His principal face is white and peaceful, his right is red and his left is green – both are handsome and smiling. His hair is bent upwards and beautified with jewels. Buddha Amitabha, the Lord of this Family, is on the crown of his three heads. The brilliantly red Amitabha is glad in the threefold robes of an ordained monk and his hands show the gesture of tranquility, with an alms-bowl resting on it. On images, one can usually just see Amitabha’s head, differing whether it is depicted three times or just once. Amoghapasha has four hands. His first right hand shows the gesture of boon-granting and holds the stem of a white lotus. In his second right hand, he holds a trident. The first of his left hands, pressed against his hip, displays the threatening gesture and grasps a snare. With his remaining hand, the second left, he makes the gesture of giving refuge.
© Olaf Czaja
Avalokiteshvara, Amoghapasha
/ Mongolia / 19th century / Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig / © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW

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