The pristine figure of standing Lord Avalokiteshvara graces the centre of the mandala. He is clad in a blue and red brocaded dhoti, His multitudinous hands and heads making for a striking, perfectly symmetrical silhouette. A flame-coloured aureole surrounded by a disc of gold. The same is hemmed in with lotus petals in bright jewel tones. A circular panel of thick black lines and curves after the shapes of the Himalayan landscape, and another of gracious patterns in monotone gold.
Upon the scarlet that hems in the mandala of Lord Avalokiteshvara is inscribed the moolamantra of Om-Mani-Padme-Hm. The same is done in delicate gold metallic, which shimmers against the solid scarlet of the background. Against the deep black backdrop are the images of mythical snow-lions in blue and red, one in each corner of the thangka.
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