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Statue

Object Number:
C408A
Current Location:
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Jin Dynasty (uncertain)
Yuan Dynasty (uncertain)
Date Made:
Jin Dynasty-Yuan Dynasty
Early Date:
1115
Late Date:
1368
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Wood
Technique:
Painted
Iconography:
Bodhisattva
Description:
Guanyin, known as Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit, is the bodhisattva of compassion. The most popular deity in Buddhism, Guanyin listens to the prayers of the distressed. Devotees would commission the bodhisattva's image to help them gain salvation. This diety's position, with one leg pendant and a bent knee against the ledge, is called the royal ease, lalitsana is Sanskrit, a pose ultimately traceable to pre-Buddhist royalty.
Credit Line:
Purchased from C. T. Loo

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)
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Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)
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Bibliography:

[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3) : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 58
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[Book] Siren, Osvald. 1925. Chinese sculpture from the fifth to the fourteenth century; over 900 specimens in stone, bronze, lacquer and wood, principally from northern China. : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate 586
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[Article] 1924. Chinese Sculpture. The Museum Journal. Volume XV (No. 4): 258-287. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 268, plate IX
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