The thangka you see on this page is the Sadakshari Lokeshvara roopa (form/manifestation) of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Having emerged from a pristine light from within the Buddha Amitabha, the Sadakshari Lokeshvara is four-armed, the anterior pair of which is in anjali mudra (gesture of adoration). He sits in the lap of the ivory-silver moon, His long fair limbs gathered in the perfect padmasana. A leafy vine of blue lotuses floats about Him, one of which He holds in His left posterior hand.
The face of the Bodhisattva is a highly characteristic image in the thangka tradition. As fair as the clouds of the Buddhist heaven, drawn in perfect symmetry. Half-shut eyes that are brimming with compassion, the all-pervading Buddhist value. Lengthened earlobes from which dangle gold kundalas, and a five-spired crown sitting on the long black straight hair. Note the soothing element of the pastel-coloured halo of the Bodhisattva.