21 September 2007
A thangka of Avalokiteshvara
Eastern Tibet, 19th century
The eleven-faced, eight-armed deity standing on a lotus base backed by an orange and blue mandorla, surrounded by four Buddhas and a Gelugpa Lama at top, all seated in lotus thrones, set in a green landscape with a river
11¾ x 8¾ in. (29.8 x 22.2 cm.)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Albert Angell Southwick, in memory of Mrs. Charles Waterbury Clark, 1960 (60.43.6).
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The four Buddhas are, clockwise from upper right, Vairochana, Amoghasiddhi, Akshobya, and Ratnasambhava
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