Book Cover with Three Bodhisattvas

Book Cover with Three Bodhisattvas
Place Made:
12th century (?)
Painted wood 
8-1/2 x 27 x 1-1/4 in. (21.6 x 68.6 x 3.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not 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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