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)
Gift of Margery and Harry Kahn, 1985
Not on view
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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Defining Yongle, Imperial Art in Early Fifteenth-Century China," April 1, 2005–July 10, 2005.