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隋 青銅鎏金觀音菩薩像
Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)

Period:
Sui dynasty (581–618)
Date:
late 6th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Gilt bronze; piece-mold cast
Dimensions:
H. 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm); W. 5 in. (12.7 cm); D. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.161a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
This sculpture is one of the earliest known examples of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara holding a willow branch. The willow, which later becomes standard in the imagery of Avalokiteshvara, is associated with healing.
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