Sep 26, 2012
Sep 27, 2012
Sep 27, 2012
Sep 27, 2012

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

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After acquisition, the CMA conservator meticulously used surgical knives and etching tools to uncover the sculpture's original polychromy and gilding, hidden beneath layers of protective varnish and paint.


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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