Avalokiteshvara, Eleven-headed

  • Арван нэгэн нигүүрт Нүдээр үзэгч (эрхт) / Хоншим/Хонгшим / Хончим бодьсад / Аръяабал/ Мэлмийгээр болгооч / Жанрайсэг жүжигшал / Arwan negen nigüürt Nüdeer üjegč (erxt) / Xongšim / Xonšim / Xončim bodisad / Ariyaabal / Melmiigeer bolgooč / £anraiseg ǰüǰigšal
  • Arban nigen nigür-tü Nidü-ber üǰegči erketen / Nidüber üǰegči erketü / Qomsim / Qongsim bodisad/
  • sPyan ras gzigs bcu gcig zhal
  • Ekādaśamukha Avalokiteśvara
  • Thangka
  • 19th century
  • Silk
  • Height: 46 (39) cm / Width: 42 (26,5) cm / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Leder/ Umlauff, Inv. Nr.: 33668
  • Völkerkundemuseum vPST Heidelberg
  • © Völkerkundemuseum vPST Heidelberg/ ÖAW
Avalokiteshvara, known in this aspect as the Eleven-faced Greatly Compassionate One (Skt. Ekadashamukha Mahakarunika), stands on a lotus flower and a moon disc within a mountainous landscape. 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. Buddha Amitabha and an unidentified monk sit on lotus flowers floating on clouds above in the sky. This print was partly coloured in red, green, yellow and blue but large areas are faded away and worn out.
© Olaf Czaja
Avalokiteshvara, Eleven-headed
/ Mongolia / 19th century / © Völkerkundemuseum vPST Heidelberg/ ÖAW