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Gwaneum

Gwaneum

late 1600s or 1700s

Gilt lacquer on wood

Height: 52 cm (20 1/2 in.)

Private Collection 15.2018

Location

Did you know?

Gwaneum literally means the compassionate one who hears the sound of all sentient beings.

Description

This statue of Gwaneum or Bodhisattva of Compassion has several prominent physical features typical for Korean Buddhist statues of the time: a large square-shaped face, elongated eyes, a nose with a thick tip, a crown adorned with flower-shaped gilt-bronze appliqués, and finally the hunched posture.

See also
Collection: 
Korean Art
Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Credit line: 
Private Collection

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