An image of Guanyin, bodhisattva of compassion

Unknown Artist

Guanyin, bodhisattva of compassion

Location
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
Period
China: Song dynasty 960–1279
Year
12th century-13th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
wood, pigment
Dimensions
114.0 x 60.0 x 52.0 cm
Credit
Bequest of Sydney Cooper 1982
Accession number
138.1982
Provenance
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.