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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara in the Tradition of King Srongtsen Gampo

13th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art

At the center of this painting is an eleven-headed form of Avalokiteshvara that has ten arms, one of which is holding a diminutive image of Buddha Amitabha, the buddha heading the lotus family of which Avalokiteshvara is a part. At the top center is Buddha Akshobhya flanked by the Five Buddhas headed by Vairocana. Underneath Avalokiteshvara the first Buddhist king of Tibet, Srongtsen Gampo, is flanked by his two wives. These three are considered emanations of Avalokiteshvara and White and Green Tara, respectively. Further in the bottom register are Prajnaparamita, Avalokiteshvara, Hayagriva, and Tara.

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  • Title: Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara in the Tradition of King Srongtsen Gampo
  • Date Created: 13th century
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2003.50.5
  • Medium: Pigments on cloth
  • Place of Creation: Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (03/11/11 - 1/9/12), Rubin Museum of Art, "Eternal Presence: Handprints and Footprints in Buddhist Art" (06/14/05 - 09/04/05), Rubin Museum of Art, "Perfected Beings, Pure Realms" (10/02/04 - 06/07/05), Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (08/18/02 - 10/27/02), Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (11/04/00 - 01/07/01), Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (01/16/00 - 03/26/00), Tibet House Cultural Center, New York, NY, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (04/27/99 - 09/25/99)

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