Bodhisattvas of Wisdom, Compassion, and Power
Bodhisattvas of Wisdom, Compassion, and Power
This exhibition draws together a dramatic group of paintings, sculptures, ritual objects, and illustrated manuscripts from the 11th to 18th centuries, made primarily for Nepal and Tibet’s monastic institutions.
The Met Museum
March 27, 2021 to October 16, 2021
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Within the Buddhist traditions of the Himalayas, three bodhisattvas emerge as personifications of Buddhist ideals. Manjushri, who cuts through ignorance and personifies correct knowledge; Avalokiteshvara, a compassionate protector of the devout that helps reveal the true nature of reality; and Vajrapani as the embodiment of the energy of enlightenment.

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Beautifully cast sculptures and accessible paintings showing peaceful manifestations of the bodhisattvas intended for the public are juxtaposed with complex tantric images of the highest quality done in portable media made for monastic elites.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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New York, NY 10028

Image: Mandala of Manjuvajra, Tantric Form of the Bodhisattva Manjushri, late 14th century, Tibet / courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art