Avalokiteshvara as Shadakshari Lokeshvara
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ABS 025

 Code: ABS 025

  Country: Tibet (west)


  Date: 1400 - 1500

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 7.7 x 11.4 x 5.7

  Materials: Brass

Shadakshari Lokeshvara 

Shadakshari Lokeshvara is the four-armed representation of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. Omnipresent in Tibet, he is associated with the well-known six-syllable mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum". With a youthful and peaceful appearance, he sits in the meditation posture. His two main hands are joined in the gesture of respectful salutation. In the upper right hand, he holds a string of prayer beads and the stem of a lotus flower, that has unfortunately been lost. In keeping with the royal appearance of divine manifestations, he is clad in silk and adorned with jewels. With two other hands he holds a rosary and a lotus blossom. The eyes are inlaid with silver, and the lips with red copper, as well as the jewellery, which is additionally inset with turquoise and coral.

Bodhisattvas are the "heroes for awakening". They are advanced practitioners who are motivated by compassion, and who strive to help all sentient beings to attain liberation on their path to perfect Buddhahood. Their royal adornments symbolise the quality of their spiritual realisation.