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Potala Guanyin

Potala Guanyin

觀音像

900s

Carved sandalwood with traces of paint

Overall: 15.1 x 9.9 cm (5 15/16 x 3 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1965.556

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Mount Potala is the mythical home of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, called Guanyin in Chinese.

Description

This portable figure of Guanyin, the bodhisattva of compassion who vowed to stay on earth to help human beings, is carved of precious sandalwood. It is lavishly covered with garlands of flowers that retain traces of its original red paint. The small sculpture may have been used in a private devotional context.

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