Thangka of the fourarmed "Avalokiteshvara", 18th/ 19th centuryClick here to view a larger version of the image
Lot: 2993rd Tribal Art Auction
Thangka of the fourarmed "Avalokiteshvara", 18th/ 19th century
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Van Ham, Cologne, 12 June 2019, lot 2124||M: 20.5 inch x 15.4 inch||
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mineral pigments on primed fabric, rubbed, traces of old age In Mahayana Buddhism, "Avalokiteshvara" is the bodhisattva of universal compassion. Above there is a picture of the Buddha "Amithaba", flanked by two Lama. The bottom row shows "Jambhala" (God of Wealth) and the Bodhisattva "Tara", which is considered a female manifestation of enlightened wisdom. "Tara" is said to have originated from a tear of "Avalokiteshvara".