Avalokitesvara

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    In this print of Avalokiteśvara, the carver has incorporated narrow side borders with the motif of a three-pointed, double-ended vajra club, and top and bottom borders with floral scroll decoration, like a hanging scroll. On a double impression of this print in the Pelliot Collection, these borders and the willow branch have been coloured yellow (probably faded from green). Avalokitevara stands on a lotus pedestal which itself rests on a hexagonal Sumeru pedestal. He holds a willow branch, symbol of healing, in his right hand and a flask of pure water in his left. The caption also includes the instruction: ‘With pure heart, every morning, recite [the Bodhisattva’s name] one thousand times.’ Borders with the vajra motif were popular in the tenth century. In this print, however, the clearly defined prongs are close to late Tang examples, and the elaborately garbed appearance of the deity is quite similar to mural paintings of Avalokitevara with a willow branch of the high and late Tang (eighth-ninth centuries), as in Mogao Cave 166 and to a silk painting of Avalokitevara dedicated by a nun in the Stein collection at the British Museum, dated to ad 910.

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    Details: Avalokiteśvara, woodblock print on paper, Late Tang or early Five Dynasties, Dunhuang, Gansu province, China. (c) The Trustees of the British Museum

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