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Object Number:C408A
Current Location: China & Japan Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: China
Period: Jin Dynasty (uncertain)
Yuan Dynasty (uncertain)
Date Made: Jin Dynasty - Yuan Dynasty
Early Date: 1115
Late Date: Jin Dynasty - Yuan Dynasty
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1924


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968) View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966) View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F.. 1941. "The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects". The University Museum Bulletin.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Vol. 9. no. 2-3. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 58View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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... London. E. Benn, Ltd.. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate 586View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] 1924. "Chinese Sculpture". The Museum Journal.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum. Vol. XV. no. No. 4. pg. 258-287 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 268, plate IXView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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