White-Robed Guanyin

White-Robed Guanyin

late 1200s

attributed to Zhang Yuehu

(Chinese, active 1200s)

Hanging scroll, ink on paper

Image: 104 x 42.3 cm (40 15/16 x 16 5/8 in.); Mounted: 195.5 x 75 cm (76 15/16 x 29 1/2 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1972.160

Description

As an artist, Zhang Yuehu was better known in Japan than in his own country. Here he depicted the great Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Guanyin in Chinese), enveloped by the glow of his halo and surrounded by the rocks and bamboo grove of the Potalaka Isle. The epitome of compassion, this bodhisattva is the single most popular deity in Buddhism and holds immense appeal for all Buddhists, including those of the Chan (Zen) sect.

See also
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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