Sep 24, 2012
Sep 24, 2012

Bodhisattva Guanyin

Bodhisattva Guanyin

觀音菩薩

581–618

Gilt bronze

Overall: 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. John Lyon Collyer in memory of her mother, Mrs. G. M. G. Forman 1962.217

Did you know?

Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, is seated in the lalitasana pose, at royal ease with one leg tucked and one leg hanging down.

Description

Portable Buddhist figures and objects like this gilt bronze had a variety of uses. They could have been carried in religious processions. Others could serve as donations, souvenirs, or votive items in the context of pilgrimages to religious sites. Their miniature size also made them appropriate for placement on private altars or shrines for personal devotion.

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