Shadakshari Lokesvara: Folio from a manuscript of... (Perfection of Wisdom) , early 12th century
Shadakshari Lokesvara: Folio from a manuscript of the Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom), early 12th century. Shadakshari Lokesvara, a four-armed form of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara sits with his primary hands pressed together in the gesture of veneration (anjali mudra); his right hand holds a mala and his left hand holds a lotus and a book. He sits in a yogic posture, legs crossed, drawing legitimacy from ascetic practice as a means to harness the power of meditation. This deity is a manifestation of Avalokitesvara, a bodhisattva of our era who embodies compassion and protection and helps clear a path to enlightenment for the devotee.
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'An Allegory', c1820-1825, (1922). Creator: William Blake
'An Allegory', c1820-1825, (1922). 'Epitome of James Hervey's "Meditations among the Tombs"', watercolour dealing with death and grief, inspired by the work of James Hervey (1714-1758). Hervey himself is depicted in the foreground with his back to the viewer, at the foot of a staircase which winds heavenward to God. Other figures represent angels, the dead and the bereaved. Despite the pain caused by early death, the message is that there will be an eventual re-uniting of the parted in heaven. Painting in the Tate Gallery, London. From "Bibby's Annual 1922", edited by Joseph Bibby. [J. Bibby & Sons, London, 1922]
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Sino-Tibetan silk and gold brocade altar cloth depicting eight auspicious emblems
Sino-Tibetan silk and gold brocade altar cloth depicting eight auspicious emblems interspersed by puja devis (offering goddesses) who offer gifts to the five Dhyani Buddhas, or Buddhas of meditation.Detail. Country of Origin: Tibet. Culture: Buddhist. Date/Period: 16th century. Material Size: Silk, gold thread. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/Spink & Son, London. Location: 09.
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