Guanyin (Avalokiteshvara)

A work made of gilt copper alloy.
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  • A work made of gilt copper alloy.

Date:

Yuan/early Ming dynasty, late 14th century

Artist:

China

About this artwork

In its willowy proportions, as well as facial features and dress, this image exemplifies the Chinese manifestation of the princely Indian deity Avalokitesvara as the distinctively feminine Goddess of Mercy (Guanyin). Her necklaces of symmetrical loops and pendants closely resemble those of richly adorned images dating to the late 14th century, which spanned the Mongol Yuan dynasty (1279 1368) and China's return to native rule under the Ming (1368 1644).

This image originally contained a strip of paper inscribed in Tibetan with Sanskrit mantras (ritual chants). Although both Yuan and Ming elites maintained close relations with Tibet, the presence of this sacred record in an elegantly secularized figure is unusual.

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Title

Guanyin (Avalokiteshvara)

Origin

China

Date

1350–1400

Medium

Gilt copper alloy

Dimensions

35.6 × 15.7 × 8.1 cm (14 × 6 1/8 × 3 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1926.282a

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Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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