Bodhisattva Guanyin


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Downcast eyes and clasped hands impart a serene quality to this intimately scaled Guanyin. A dated inscription on silk found in the sculpture’s interior reveals that it was commissioned in 1624 by a devotee named Wang Shichun and his wife, surnamed Li. Like many in premodern China, they turned to Guanyin for help; this sculpture allowed them to venerate the bodhisattva daily, in their home.

Bodhisattva Guanyin, Sandalwood with lacquer, China

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