Detail of the Frontispiece of the Avataṃsaka Sūtra: The Eleven-faced Bodhisattva

The Eleven-faced Bodhisattva, whose hands form the vajra mudrā, sits in front of a mountain. The halo that encompasses the body represents the wheel of truth dharma-cakra, and the rays of light that emanate from the point where the mandorla meets the ground, rise to the top right, highlighting the clouds where the weather gods are found. 

This deity has eleven faces in all, which is why it is called the Eleven-faced Bodhisattva. 


Try to count all eleven faces! 



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