Painting of a Thousand-armed, thousand-eyed Avalokiteśvara. A number of the hands hold tridents and other Buddhist symbols, while many of the hands have an eye. The image of Avalokiteśvara nearly fills the picture space, leaving room only for small figures in the four corners: two bodhisattvas at the top, and two donors on the bottom. The artist has exchanged the vehicles usually associated with the Sun and Moon: here Candraprabha (Bodhisattva of the Moon, in the white disc) rides horses, and Sūryaprabha (Bodhisattva of the Sun, red disc) rides geese. Ink and colours on silk.

An00000245 003 l


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Type of Thing
painting, ["繪畫", "Chinese"]
Exhibition History
Exhibited: 2016 – 2017, Germany, PROMISED
bird, mammal, sun/moon, bodhisattva, trident


Avalokiteśvara, Candraprabha, Sūryaprabha
Found, Excavated, Collected By
Stein, Marc Aurel


Found In
Qian Fo Dong


Acquired In
701-850, circa
Tang dynasty

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