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Book Cover with Three Bodhisattvas

Book Cover with Three Bodhisattvas, 12th century (?)

Tibet, 1101-1200
Painted wood
8-1/2 x 27 x 1-1/4 in. (21.6 x 68.6 x 3.2 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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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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