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Book Cover with Three Bodhisattvas, 11th century

Tibet, 1000-1099
Painted wood
8-1/2 x 27 in. (21.6 x 68.6 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon
M.2010.1.158.S
© 2012 Norton Simon Art Foundation

On view

The central figure of this book cover is Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion and the patron deity of Tibet. He is seated in meditation and holds a rosary and a flower. The figure to his right is Manjusri, wielding a sword, while to his left is an angry form of Vajrapani, who stands militantly, brandishing a thunderbolt.


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