An Emanation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Nepal. 1859.
An unusual manifestation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokitesvara, here appears as Shrishtikanta Lokeshvara, “Beautiful Creation Lord of the World,” a form unique to Nepalese Buddhism. Shrishtikanta emanates the entire pantheon of Hindu and Buddhist deities, here indicated by the golden threads that lead to numerous beings in clouds that surround the multiarmed and multiheaded central figure. Shrishtikanta stands on a lotus floating in a river, above a large fish, and holds a white lotus flower in one of the principle hands, while the other makes the gesture of charity. The innermost layer of subsidiary arms holds white lotus, the next three layers hold deities and animal gods, while the outermost layer of hands holds various attributes. A crowned Bodhisattva surmounts the eleven rows of heads.
Lotus emerging from a blue lake supporting the stupa with Ushnishvijaya at the center of the white dome beneath the eyes of the harmika and the golden umbrella wheels. The lake surrounded by a landscape of mountains and rivers, with shrines to Hindu deities guarded by Buddhist protectors, a multitude of cloud-borne Buddhist deities with the Five Transcendental Buddhas above, large Manjushri and Lokeshvara flanking the stupa, a donor beneath with a vajracharya performing the Bhimaratha ceremony, three episodes of the rite depicted, with Mahakala below surrounded by offerings and flanked by the donor family.