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Object Number:C408A
Current Location: Asia Galleries
Currently On Display
Culture:Chinese
Buddhist
Provenience: China
Period: Jin Dynasty (uncertain)
Yuan Dynasty (uncertain)
Date Made: Jin Dynasty - Yuan Dynasty
Early Date: 1115
Late Date: 1368
Section:Asian
Materials:Wood
Technique:Painted
Iconography:Bodhisattva
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1924

Description

Guanyin, known as Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit, is the bodhisattva of compassion. The most popular deity in Buddhism, Guanyin listens to the prayers of the distressed. Devotees would commission the bodhisattva's image to help them gain salvation. This diety's position, with one leg pendant and a bent knee against the ledge, is called the royal ease, lalitsana in Sanskrit, a pose ultimately traceable to pre-Buddhist royalty.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968) View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Jayne, Horace H. 1941. "The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 9. no. 2-3. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 58View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Siren, Osvald. 1925. Chinese sculpture from the fifth to the fourteenth century; over 900 specimens in stone, bronze, lacquer and wood, principally from northern China.. London. E. Benn, Ltd. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 158, Plate 586View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] 1924. "Chinese Sculpture Recently Acquired". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. XV. no. No. 4. pg. 258-287 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 268, plate IXView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Quick, Jennifer. 2004. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. ed. 1st. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 64, fig. 55View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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