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Image of Bodhisattva Guanyin

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Bodhisattva Guanyin

Creation date: 1368-1644
Creation place: China

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Type: Iron and Copper Sculpture
Medium and Support: Iron and copper
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett
Accession Number: 1957.459
Dimensions: 55 in. x 27 in. x 22 in. (139.7 cm x 68.58 cm x 55.88 cm)
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Sculptures such as this were made to be worshipped in a subsidiary shrine of a Buddhist temple. Identified by the figure of a Buddha in the crown, Guanyin, the bodhisattva of compassion, is seated in the posture of royal ease—a popular form in China since the 11th century. One step away from achieving complete enlightenment, bodhisattvas wear royal garments and jewelry in reference to the Buddha’s early life as a prince.
Last Updated: 10/12/2011


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Victoria Jane Ream. Art in Bloom Deseret Equity, Publishing Division. Salt Lake City, Utah, 1997
Page Number: 56, 57, Figure Number: 56

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

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