Bodhisattva Guanyin

Bodhisattva Guanyin

900s

Gilt bronze

Overall: 43.8 cm (17 1/4 in.); Diameter of base: 14.6 cm (5 3/4 in.)

The Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 1976.14

Description

In Buddhism, a bodhisattva is a being who, just before reaching enlightenment, turns back to assist others to reach enlightenment first. This bodhisattva holds his hand palm forward, in a gesture that tells followers not to fear. In his other hand he carries a bottle that holds the elixir of immortality.

See also
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Gilt bronze

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