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Avalokiteshvara, One of the Eight Great Bodhisattvas

18th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art

The figures from this set of bodhisattvas do not follow the usual Indo-Tibetan textual descriptions of the deity, allowing the painter greater artistic freedom. In this painting the figure of Avalokiteshvara is casually seated, meditatively gazing at the small red figure of Amitabha Buddha, his spiritual father, sitting on a lotus. The bluegreen landscape he sits in, framed by a stand of lush leaves and flowers, is inspired by Chinese royal garden conventions conveyed to Tibet through popular Buddhist painting genres.

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  • Title: Avalokiteshvara, One of the Eight Great Bodhisattvas
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 19 7/8 x 13 5/8 in.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2008.9
  • Medium: Pigments on cloth
  • Place of Creation: Eastern Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., "Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen" (03/13/10 - 07/18/10), Rubin Museum of Art, "Patron and Painter: Situ Panchen and the Revival of the Encampment Style" (02/06/09 - 08/17/09)

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