Memory, Memento, and Sacred Bond

Votive Plaque with Shadaksari Avalokiteshvara

  • 84
  • Nepal, Mustang
  • 14th century
  • Clay
  • 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.

PHOTO CREDIT: © The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

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