Memory, Memento, and Sacred Bond
Votive Plaque with Shadaksari Avalokiteshvara
- Nepal, Mustang
- 14th century
- H. 3 1/2 x W. 2 3/4 x D. 15/16 in. (8.9 x 7 x 2.38 cm)
- The John and Berthe Ford Collection
The image impressed into this votive tablet (tsha-tsha) shows the four-armed Tantric form of Avalokiteshvara known as Sadaksari. The rear left hand holds a lotus and the rear right hand a garland of beads (mala). The front hands are clasped in a gesture of devotion. The Buddhist creed, ye dharma, is inscribed in Nagari script on each side of the plaque.