The Sculpture of Chöying Dorjé, Tenth Karmapa: Avalokiteshvara Riding a Cow


1600 - 1699
Tibet
Buddhist Lineage
21.50cm (8.46in) high
Metal
Collection of Private


In the right hand he holds a garland of beads across the knee. In the left hand he holds a flower blossom. In a relaxed posture Avalokita sits on the back of a cow - also depicted as if resting atop a grassy knoll. This sculpture was created by the 10th Karmapa, Choying Dorje based on a night time dream. There is no Indian or Tibetan textual model for this form of Avalokiteshvara. It is simply the creation of a work based on the inspiration of a dream.





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