An image of Guanyin, bodhisattva of compassion

Unknown Artist

Guanyin, bodhisattva of compassion

Location
Lower Asian gallery
Further information

Guanyin (Avalokitesvara) is a compassionate Buddhist saviour. Initially a male divinity, over time across East Asia Guanyin has often been presented in female form. Rather than pursuing Buddhahood, the merciful bodhisattva vowed to remain on earth until every sentient being achieves enlightenment and rebirth in the Buddhist paradise. Traces of colour remain on this wooden sculpture which was originally covered with white gesso and paint.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Song dynasty 960–1279
Year
12th century-13th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
carved and painted wood
Dimensions
114.0 x 60.0 x 52.0 cm
Credit
Bequest of Sydney Cooper 1982
Accession number
138.1982