Description The lavishly ornamented bodhisattva with four arms represents the form of Avalokiteshvara that is the personification of the deity's mantra of six syllables ("shadakshari"): om-ma-ni-pad-me-hum. Seated in the classic meditation posture on a high lotus base, his principle hands form the salutation gesture. The second left hand holds the ubiquitous lotus, but the other emblem, the rosary, is missing from the second right hand.
- Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham. 2001-2003.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2002, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2002
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