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Ekadashamukha (Eleven-Headed) Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan Buddhist Deity)

Ekadashamukha (Eleven-Headed) Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan Buddhist Deity)

Ekadashamukha (Eleven-Headed) Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan Buddhist Deity)

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Ekadashamukha Avalokiteshvara, or the Eleven Faced Lord Looking at the World, is the bodhisattva of compassion. Bodhisattvas are people who are on their path towards enlightenment. He is depicted in art as one with eleven faces and many hands, symbolizing him as a deity who meditates. In this thangka, his eight hands are painted, each holding or doing a signature pose. Two hands are in Anjali to signify the absolute. Another set of hands is in Varada mudra as a form of blessing or boon. Other hands hold significant Buddhist symbols like the Wheel of Law, a jewel, lotus flower, bow and arrow, water jar. The figure is painted in standing position on a lotus flower platform, the flower symbolizing purity, and with thousands of hands forming a circle around the deity.

Avalokiteshvara promised of finding the self after breaking the head in 10 pieces and the body into 1000. This rose from knowing the miseries of man and was inspired to seek his happiness. At some point, the head and body truly broke and he called out for Amitabha who then picked up the pieces and made a body with 10 faces (the perfections), with his own as the 11th. Then the 1000 pieces of the body were made to form 1000 hands with an eye on the palm (zoom in on the thanka to see this detail) symbolizing a thousand buddhas from the Golden Eon. The painting showcases a pleasing blue and yellow palette, with contrasting colors on the faces. Three peaceful sets of heads are drawn with a crown while the wrathful face (Mahakala) has a crown of skulls.

Item Code: TV13
Specifications:
Tibetan Thangka Painting
Size of Painted Surface 16.2 inch X 23.5 inch
Size with Brocade 28 inch X 47 inch
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