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Sadaksari-Lokeshvara Surrounded by Manifestations and Monks

late 15th century
Gold, ink, and color on cloth
Image: 40 3/8 x 31 1/4 in. (102.6 x 79.4 cm) Framed: 51 3/8 x 41 9/16 in. (130.5 x 105.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Margery and Harry Kahn, 1985
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 253
This painting represents the “six-syllables form” of Avalokiteshvara, evoking the mantra om mani padme hum. Surrounding him are bodhisattvas, an array of protectors, and a lineage of monks. This manifestation of Avalokiteshvara is especially associated with the Dalai Lama, who is understood as an incarnation of this form. Sadasari is conventionally white, though here is represented all gold, the most radiant of colors.
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