Seated Guanyin

Seated Guanyin


late 1100s-1200s

Wood with polychromy and gilding

Overall: 138 cm (54 5/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1984.70


The South Sea Guanyin was originally seated on a rocky throne to represent the shore of his home in the mythical island of Potala. His right leg is raised, the arm resting on the folded knee in a relaxed position. With an expression of grace, calmness, and compassion, the Guanyin is especially appealing as the "guide of souls" who offers hope for salvation.

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