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Image of Bodhisattva Guanyin of the Southern Seas

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Bodhisattva Guanyin of the Southern Seas

Creation date: 13th century
Creation place: China

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Type: Wood Sculpture
Medium and Support: Wood
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett
Accession Number: 1957.440
Dimensions: 49 in. x 37 in. x 31 in. (124.46 cm x 93.98 cm x 78.74 cm)
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Scarves and drapery flow loosely around the muscular and powerful body seated in the posture of “royal ease.” The rocky pedestal evokes the setting of Mt. Potala, the abode of Guanyin (Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit), as described in the influential Avatamsaka sutra. Overall, the image projects an aura of openness, approachability, and majestic calm.
Last Updated: 8/24/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Yu Sung. San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 16

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 130, 131, Figure Number: 131

William R. Wilson. The Los Angeles Times Book of California Museums Harry N. Abrams, Incorporated. New York, New York, 1986
Page Number: 270, 271, Figure Number: 226

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