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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
dated 1678
Wood (sandalwood) with lacquer and gilding, single-woodblock construction
H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); W. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); D. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of R. Hatfield Ellsworth, 1962
Accession Number:
62.219a, b
Not on view
Inscription: On paper, removed from hollow back of figure: "Lived by the city wall of Peking, now removed to Jianfu, Lingxian city. The [Buddhist] believer, pure yellow banner Manzhu, wife of Gongxishan [formerly Miss Chan], dedicated from the heart caused to have carved a golden body Guanyin in hope we may live together to ripe old age and have a fine son; also may extend our lives and high position; with good health and peace from human beings [to horses?] [in the household]. May all shine by your light and receive blessings quietly. Kangxi 17th year 10th moon 1st day [1678/69] (Dec. 14, 1678)"; freely translated by Fong Chow.
Robert H. Ellsworth , New York (until 1962; donated to MMA)
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