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Standing Guanyin

The immense number of images of the bodhisattva Guanyin (Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit) testifies to the popularity of this deity throughout the history of Buddhism in China. Originally depicted as a male figure, based on images of Indian princes, Guanyin is also worshipped as the female Goddess of Mercy and as a guarantor of male children. On the base of this dignified Sui dynasty Guanyin is a grid of lightly incised lines that would have contained an inscription to be carved when the image was purchased and dedicated by a private patron.

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