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Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Subjects

Content Type:

Museum object

Place:

Asia

Manuscript covers with three deities and three hierarchs

This is an image from met_1995-569-4a-b

Twelfth century Tibetan painting. On one side, three bodhisattvas are depicted. From left to right: Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, Shadakshari Lokesvara, a form of Avalokitesvara, and Maitreya, the Buddha of the future. On the other side, three monks are represented. In the centre, Atisha, the great Indian Buddhist master is flanked by two Tibetan patriarchs. All the figures are represented seated with their legs crossed, in front of an arch and with halos.

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