Stone statue of Guanyin. Grey limestone. Figure of heroic size standing on a lotus pedestal which is supported by a square stone block covered on three sides with inscriptions in which the date corresponding to Decemeber 2, 706 CE is given. The figure is small waisted with sunken chest; flowing scarves and jewelled chains; tall ushnisa in front of which is seated Amitabha Buddha; urna represented by small flat disc in relief; very long ear lobes with heavey earrings. Guanyin (Chinese) or Avalokitesvara (Sanskrit) is the bodhisattva of compassion. He is most easily identified by the seated Buddha in his headdress and typically holds a vase which contains an elixir for immortality. One side of the base bears an inscription carved by the monk Zhengdao. A similar statue resides in Yakushi-ji in Nara, Japan.
Purchased from A. G. Worch, 1925
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Chinese Rotunda (1968)
[Catalogue] Nara Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan. 2010. Imperial Envoys to Tang China: Early Japanese Encounters with Continental Culture.
[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2008. "The Chinese Rotunda". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 83-95. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 91, Fig. 25
[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 402
[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1917. The University Museum Section of Oriental Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 10, p. 179
[Article] Bishop, Charles W. 1916. Notes on Chinese Statuary. The Museum Journal. Volume VII (No. 3): 152-177. : Page/Fig./Plate: 167, Figure 167
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