Carved sandalwood with traces of paint
Overall: 15.1 x 9.9 cm (5 15/16 x 3 7/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1965.556
Mount Potala is the mythical home of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, called Guanyin in Chinese.
This portable figure of Guanyin, the bodhisattva of compassion who vowed to stay on earth to help human beings, is lavishly covered with garlands of flowers carved of precious sandalwood. The small sculpture may have been used in a private devotional context.
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