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.
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