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Chintamani Lokeshvara [Large]

Chintamani Lokeshvara [Large]

Author(s) : Beer, Robert
Publishers Price : £320.00
Wisdom Price : £320.00
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Size : 680 x 530mm
Publisher : Robert Beer Website
Category : Newar Buddhist Art
This great masterpiece was painted over a three-year period by the famous Newar artist Siddhimuni Shakya (1933-2001), and his son Surendra Man (born 1967), and the mineral pigments used in this exquisitely detailed composition were given to Siddhimuni’s father, Anandamuni Shakya (1903-44), by the Thirteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet. Chintamani Lokeshvara, the ‘Wish-granting Gem (chintamani) and Lord of the World (lokeshvara)’, is one of the hundred-and-eight Newar Buddhist manifestations of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of great compassion. He is beautiful, radiant and white like the autumn moon, and stands in ‘triple-bend’ posture upon a white moon disc and a multicoloured lotus. He steps gracefully from a receding grove of wish-granting trees, the entwined branches of which form the canopy his intricate aura. With his raised left hand he grasps a branch of this canopy, while with his lowered right hand he makes the gesture of supreme generosity as he holds a small ‘triple-gem’ fruit from this tree. The canopy of this stylized tree contains literally thousands of individual elements and offerings, which can only be fully appreciated over the course of time and with the aid of a magnifying glass, and this applies overall to the entire composition. The silk garments and jewel ornaments worn by Lokeshvara are adorned with mythical creatures, birds and animals, which like the rest of the motifs are highlighted with pure gold, red gold, and silver pigments. Kneeling in adoration at either side of Lokeshvara are his two attendants: with the white bodhisattva Lutavati holding a pink lotus to his right; and the fleshy-brown ganadevata Ranikunda holding a bowl of jewels and a wish-granting gem to his left. Coiling dragons appear in the upper sky, and the paintings two inner borders are decorated to resemble embroidered brocade. The complex outer border or torana is decorated with the serpent-devouring head of kirtimukha and two naga-serpents at the top; flute-playing kinnaras in the upper corners; blue lions and dragons entwined around ornate pillars at the sides, and makaras and dragons along the bottom, with an elaborate central auspicious symbol emblem that contains the inscribed deity invocation ‘Shri Chintamani Lokeshvaraya Nama’ above, and the artists names and the Newar date (1119) below.
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