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Potala Guanyin

Potala Guanyin

900s

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

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Mount Potala is the mythical home of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, called Guanyin in Chinese.

Description

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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