Guanyin, bodhisattva of compassion
- Upper 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: Song dynasty 960–1279
- 12th century-13th century
- wood, pigment
- 114.0 x 60.0 x 52.0 cm
- Bequest of Sydney Cooper 1982
- Accession number
- Sydney Cooper, 13 Oct 1964-Mar 1982, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased in China before Oct 1964. Documented as being in Cooper’s house in Selborne, England on 13 Oct 1964. Moved to Australia. Bequeathed to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1982.