Ref. Number: 842

Country: China

Period: 18/19th Cent. - Qing Dynasty

Material: Wood

Dimension: 28 x 15 cm

Chinese Guanyin

Chinese Guan Yin, a representation of Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion in Mahayana Buddhism, is often represented as a female in China.

The name Kuan Shih Yin, as she is often called, means literally the one who regards, looks on, or hears the sounds of the world. According to legend, Quan Yin was about to enter heaven when she paused on the threshold as the cries of the world reached her ears. Sacrificing her own ascension for the sake of her “children,” Quan Yin stayed on earth, thereby exhibiting the same behavior of mothers everywhere who would sacrifice their very lives for their children.

Chinese Guanyin

Along with Buddhism, Guanyin’s veneration was introduced into China as early as the 1st century, and reached Japan by way of Korea soon after Buddhism was first introduced into the country in the mid-7th century. Some Taoist records claim Guanyin was a Chinese female who became immortal during the Shang Dynasty.


This magnificent sculpture still retains traces of original pigment. The sculptural style is naturalistic, detailed, and fully three-dimensional. Several sections of the robes are executed in gold leaf .

Paint loss – hands movable

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