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37-08 Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara

There are 6 figures in this piece: the 3 main Bodisattvas (Rig Sum Gonpo), Shakyamuni Buddha and the 2 main aspects of Tara.  The Bodihisattva of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara (Tib. Chenrezigs) is shown in his most powerful royal form, with eleven heads, one thousand arms, and an eye in the center of each of the thousand hands.  The thousand arms extend his helping hands toward all beings.  Each hand has an eye to see their sufferings in innumerable worlds.  Ten of his faces indicate his attainment of the ten Bodhisattva stages , with the eleventh, the face of Amitabha indicates his being the incarnation of the universal compassion of all Buddhas.  Shakyamuni Buddha sits top center with White Tara and Green Tara to left and right sides.  The Bodhisattva Manjushri, representing Wisdom, is on the bottom left and Vajrapani, the embodiment of Power, is on the bottom right.

The main figure and 5 surrounding figures in this thangka are very well drawn; there is a lot of detail.  The artist, Prakash, is well known for his excellent drawing.  The colors in this painting have a slight sepia tone, giving it the appearance of an antique piece. I'm not sure if all the colors were muted or if the artist put some kind of a wash over the whole painting but it's very effective. 

In keeping with the muted colors we chose a copper-color brocade for the main outside piece.

Size: 17"x 23" (canvas size)
         26"x 42" (brocade size)

Item# T-3708
$400.00  Qty

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