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Seated Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)

ca. 1050-1150

This large sculpture of a Buddhist figure represents the divinity Guanyin, who became very popular during the Song dynasty (970–1125). Associated with compassion, he makes the gesture of fearlessness with his right hand. The details of his clothing are a reminder of the princely status that the historic Buddha renounced.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Artwork Details

Title: Seated Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)
Geography: Shanxi province, China
Date: ca. 1050-1150

Medium: carved wood, painted and gilded

Classification: sculpture
Dimensions: 175 x 91 x 88 cm 
Inventory number: LAD 2018.001
Contact for images: [email protected]


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