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.
22 x 7 1/4 x 5 in. (55.9 x 18.4 x 12.7 cm) (show scale)
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Standing Guanyin, 580-618. Limestone, 22 x 7 1/4 x 5 in. (55.9 x 18.4 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Edith and Milton Lowenthal Foundation, 88.197. Creative Commons-BY
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