Sadaksari-Lokesvara 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)
Gift of Margery and Harry Kahn, 1985
This painting represents the “six-syllables form” of Avalokitesvara, evoking the sound formulas mantra, om mani padme hum. Surrounding him are bodhisattvas, an array of protectors, and a lineage of monks. This manifestation of Avalokitesvara 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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