Pita Amoghapasha – The "Yellow Unfailing Lasso"
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Orientation 3
Display 6

ABS 117

 Code: ABS 117

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1200 - 1300

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 14.2 x 24.5 x 2.3

  Materials: Wood

Pita-Amoghapasha - the “Yellow Amoghapasha”
This small travelling shrine gathers nine deities belonging to two separate groups. Sitting in the middle is the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara under is aspect of yellow Amoghapasha, “the unfailing lasso”. Seated in the ease posture, his right foot is supported by a lotus flower. Bedecked with royal ornaments, his right hand performs the gesture of generosity.

Displayed around him in all cardinal directions are four deities from his entourage: red Amoghapasha in front of him, the Hors-necked Hayagriva to his right, the wrathful eight-armed goddess Ekajati behind him and the four-armed goddess Bhrikuti to his left. Together, they form the “Five noble deities”. The four other characters located in the corners are: up left Buddha Shakyamuni, up right the Green Tara, down left Blue Achala wielding his sword, and finally a three-headed form of Hayagriva with four arms. The latter is a specific form worshipped by Atisha. This second group appears closely related to the Kadampa practices, suggesting a strong connection with this school.