Buddha Flanked by the Bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara Padmapani and Vajrapani
ca. 10th century
With mounting block: H. 10 5/8 in. (27 cm); W. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm); D. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Relief: H. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm); W. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm); D. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2008
This Buddhist votive shrine depicting the three prevailing deities of early Tibetan Buddhism is among the most complete examples of early molded-clay votive shrines from tenth-century Tibet. A Sanskrit ye dharma verse in Tibetan script adorns the stepped base, together with the three-jewel (triratna) motif. Iconographically, the work represents an early phase in Buddhist triad groupings; in later ensembles, Vajrapani is displaced by Manjushri. This shrine was acquired by the Italian Tibetologist Giuseppe Tucci at Tsaparang monastery in the early 1930s and published by him in 1936.
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