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Avalokiteshvara,Eleven-headed

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  • Ekādaśamukha Avalokiteśvara
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  • Thangka
  • 19th century
  • Pigment on cotton
  • Height: 87 cm / Width: 39 cm / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Hans Leder, Inv. Nr.: 3454
  • Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig
  • © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW
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This print shows Ekadashamukha Mahakarunika, the eleven headed Avalokiteshvara. His body color is pure, clear and bright as rock crystal. He possesses eleven faces and eight arms. With the first two hands, he makes the gesture of adoration before his chest. In the remaining right hands, he holds a rosary, a wheel and displays the gesture of boon-granting. In his left, he holds a white lotus, a bow and an arrow and a vase. He is accompanied by the White Tara (left) and the Green Tara (right). The figures have some stylistic features, such as the treatment of the face of this bodhisattva and the formation of clouds, that bring it close to pieces of Sino-Tibetan art.
© 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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