White-Robed Guanyin


late 1200s–early 1300s

Jueji Yongzhong 絕際永中

(Chinese, active around 1300)
inscription by

Zhongfeng Mingben 中峰明本

(Chinese, 1263–1323)
Painting: 78.7 x 31.7 cm (31 x 12 1/2 in.); Overall with knobs: 164 x 38 cm (64 9/16 x 14 15/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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Guanyin, the bodhisattva of infinite compassion (Avalokiteshvara, in Sanskrit), reveals himself in many forms. According to Buddhist belief, one such manifestation is the white-robed Guanyin sitting on a rock on the island of Putuo (Potalaka, in Sanskrit), located along the coast not far from Ningbo, in Zhejiang Province, China.

Here, the figure was swiftly drawn in only a few ink lines. The inscription above is by Zhongfeng Mingben, perhaps the most widely respected and influential Chan (Zen in Japanese) master in the Yuan dynasty. The artist’s signature is a single line below on the left: Huanzhu Yongzhong.
White-Robed Guanyin

White-Robed Guanyin

late 1200s–early 1300s

Jueji Yongzhong, Zhongfeng Mingben

(Chinese, active around 1300), (Chinese, 1263–1323)
China, Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)

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