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Avalokiteshvara,Eleven-headed

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  • Ekādaśamukha Avalokiteśvara
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  • Thangka
  • 19th century
  • Pigment on cotton
  • Height: 49 cm / Width: 36 cm / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Hans Leder, Inv. Nr.: 3455
  • Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig
  • © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW
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This print on paper reproduces Eleven-faced Greatly Compassionate One (Skt. Ekadashamukha Mahakarunika) in the middle. He is accompanied by the Five Tathagatas, namely Vairochana (lower left), Akshobhya (middle left), Amitabha (centre), Ratnasambhava (middle right) and Amoghasiddhi (lower right). Buddha Amitabha was chosen to occupy the central position as he is the leader of Lotus family, of which the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is a member. The Green Tara and the White Tara sit below this bodhisattva. There exists a print on paper showing the same composition.
© Olaf Czaja
Avalokiteshvara,Eleven-headed
/ Mongolia / 19th century / Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig / © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW

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