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Buddha Flanked by the Bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara Padmapani and Vajrapani

Date:
ca. 10th century
Culture:
Tibet
Medium:
Polychromed clay
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.504
  • Description

    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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