Buddhist deity Guanyin (Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1913
Not on view
The child in the arms of the bodhisattva indicates that this ivory carving represents Guanyin as the Bestower of Sons. Although in India the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara was originally understood to be either genderless or male, in China, female manifestations developed and become popular, particularly for their ability to provide blessings such as children. This particular form was created during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644).