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Title

Guanyin, bodhisattva of compassion

12th century-13th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Song dynasty 960 - 1279 → China
    Date
    12th century-13th century
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    wood, pigment
    Dimensions
    114.0 x 60.0 x 52.0 cm
    Credit
    Bequest of Sydney Cooper 1982
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    138.1982
    Copyright

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  • About

    Guanyin (Avalokitesvara) is a compassionate Buddhist saviour. Initially a male divinity, over time across East Asia Guanyin has often been presented in female form. Rather than pursuing Buddhahood, the merciful bodhisattva vowed to remain on earth until every sentient being achieves enlightenment and rebirth in the Buddhist paradise. Traces of colour remain on this wooden sculpture which was originally covered with white gesso and paint.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

  • Provenance

    Sydney Cooper, 13 Oct 1964-Mar 1982, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased in China before Oct 1964. Documented as being in Cooper’s house in Selborne, England on 13 Oct 1964. Moved to Australia. Bequeathed to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1982.