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Avalokiteshvara,Eleven-headed

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  • Ekādaśamukha Avalokiteśvara
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  • Thangka
  • 19th century
  • Pigment on cotton
  • Height: 51 cm / Width: 31,5 cm / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Hans Leder, Inv. Nr.: 3453
  • Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig
  • © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW
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Ekadashamukha Mahakarunika, the eleven headed Avalokiteshvara, is accompanied by a multitude of figures. They all bear Tibetan inscriptions. Some of them are illegible. Buddha Shakyamuni can be seen directly above him. To his right side, on the left upper corner, sits, unmovable, Buddha Akshobhya, while on the opposite Buddha Amitabha resides, absorbed in meditation. Beneath these three Buddhas are Vajradhara (left) and Vajrasattva (right), both in tantric union with their respective consort. The next compositional level in vertical direction shows Manjugosha (left) and an unidentified monk (right). Sitatapatra (left) and Green Tara (right) are situated beneath them. Vajrapani can be seen in the middle of the lower register. A symbolic depiction of the Bodhnath Stupa in Kathmandu stands to the left of him. Vaishravana is on the right side. There exist two prints showing a similar composition (23895, 24327).
© 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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