late 1600s or 1700s
Gilt lacquer on wood
Height: 52 cm (20 1/2 in.)
Private Collection 15.2018
Gwaneum literally means the compassionate one who hears the sound of all sentient beings.
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.
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