A Crowned Bodhisattva Head and its type.
I recently acquired the exceptional Chinese Northern Qi head of a Crowned Bodhisattva, seen in the images below. It is large, just over life sized, intact as far as the head itself goes, with only a bit of the top of the crown missing and the side ribbons. In addition to being relatively intact the surfaces are very well preserved with extensive remains of the gold leaf preserved along with polychromy. The lips preserve their original carmine red, and bits of color remain on the crown. It is…
Tibetan Buddhist Art: Enlightenment
exhibition Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment, on view through August 18 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. The Three Protectors of Tibet (detail), 2008, Tsherin Sherpa (Nepalese, born 1968), ink and colors on cotton. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Acquisition made possible by the Tibetan Study Group, 2016.305. © Tsherin Sherpa. Photo © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava; Guru Nyima Ozer Sankrit: Guru Suryabhasa or Sūryaraśmi, the Sunray Yogi, who illuminates the darkness of the mind through the insight of Dzogchen. He is shown as a naked yogi dressed only in a loin-cloth and holding a Khatvanga which points towards the sun