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Title

Guanyin, bodhisattva of compassion

12th century-13th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


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.


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Date

12th century-13th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

carved and painted wood


Dimensions

114.0 x 60.0 x 52.0 cm


Credit

Bequest of Sydney Cooper 1982


Accession number

138.1982



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 9-17, Sydney, 1990, 12, 13 (colour illus.).

John Saxby, Look, 'Lindy Lee. The art that made me.' inteview, pg. 12-13, Sydney, Aug 2015, 12 (colour illus.).

LIU Yang, Orientations, 'The Discovery of Mass: A Footnote to the Stylistic and Iconographic Innovation in Chinese Buddhist Sculpture', pg. 88-95, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 94 (colour illus.). fig.5

Portrait of a Gallery, 'Asian Art', pg. 106-113, Sydney, 1984, 109 (colour illus.).

The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 10 (colour illus.).