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Seated Guanyin (Kuan-yin) Bodhisattva

Chineselate 14th-15th century

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

This late Ming dynasty dry-lacquer sculpture is an image of the bodhisattva Guanyin, an enlightened being venerated in Chinese Buddhism as an embodiment of compassion. Called a "Water-moon Guanyin" or "Guanyin sitting in Royal Ease," this theme and its iconography derive from textual inspiration found in the Avatamsaka Sutra (the central text of the Hua-yen school of Buddhism), and indigenous Chinese traditions. The dry lacquer technique was popular, but examples of this size and degree of refinement are rare.

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  • Title: Seated Guanyin (Kuan-yin) Bodhisattva
  • Date Created: late 14th-15th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w78.74 x h137.16 x d58.42 cm
  • Type: sculptures
  • Rights: Gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection, 2006, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: dry lacquer, gold and paint
  • Provenance: C.T. Loo & Co., Paris; Doris Duke, October 7, 1937, by purchase; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Walters Art Museum, 2006, by gift.
  • Place of Origin: China
  • Artist: Chinese

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