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Seated Guanyin

A work made of paulownia wood with polychromy and gilding.
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  • A work made of paulownia wood with polychromy and gilding.

Date:

Song dynasty (960–1279)

Artist:

China

About this artwork

Guanyin is the Bodhisattva of Compassion, one of the most beloved Chinese Buddhist deities. He can be identified by the small figure of Amituo (Amitabha), Buddha of the Western Paradise, in his headdress. His pose—seated with one leg hanging and his right arm resting on the other knee—further distinguishes him as Guanyin of the Southern Sea, a reference to the deity’s island home. The figure’s gentle expression makes an emotional appeal to the viewer, which is typical of Chinese sculpture from the Song dynasty (960–1279). The carving was originally painted with intricately patterned robes and traces of color are still visible on his back. Later—probably during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644)—the wood was covered entirely with gold.

Status

On View, Gallery 101

Title

Seated Guanyin

Place

China (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 960 CE–1279

Medium

Paulownia wood with polychromy and gilding

Dimensions

158.0 x 97.8 cm (H: 62 1/4 x W: 38 1/2 in)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1923.921

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