Location: On Display in the Asia Galleries

From: China | Shaanxi

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number C443
Current Location Asia Galleries - On Display
Culture Chinese | Buddhist
Provenience China | Shaanxi
Period Tang Dynasty
Date Made 706 CE
Section Asian
Materials Limestone
Technique Carved | Inscribed
Iconography Guanyin | Amida Buddha
Inscription Language Chinese Language | Chinese Language

Statue of Guanyin made of grey limestone of heroic size standing on a lotus pedestal. The pedestal 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 a sunken chest and flowing scarves and jewelled chains. There is a tall ushnisa on the head in front of which is seated Amitabha Buddha. There is an urna represented by a small flat disc in relief. The statue has 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.

Height 246.38 cm
Length 86.36 cm
Depth 107.95 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Worch of Paris, 1925
Other Number Getz 10 - Other Number

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