Lot: 29

93rd Tribal Art Auction

Thangka of the fourarmed "Avalokiteshvara", 18th/ 19th century

Bhutan

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Van Ham, Cologne, 12 June 2019, lot 2124 M: 20.5 inch x 15.4 inch 1000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

mineral pigments on primed fabric, rubbed, traces of old age In Mahayana Buddhism, "Avalokiteshvara" is the bodhisattva of universal compassion. Above there is a picture of the Buddha "Amithaba", flanked by two Lama. The bottom row shows "Jambhala" (God of Wealth) and the Bodhisattva "Tara", which is considered a female manifestation of enlightened wisdom. "Tara" is said to have originated from a tear of "Avalokiteshvara".