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    • Large wood Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)
    • Large wood Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)
    • Large wood Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)
    Large wood Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)

    Chinese Sculpture c.500 - 1500

    15 October - 15 November, 2014

    This exhibition features twenty-two masterpieces of Chinese sculpture in stone, marble, gilt bronze and wood.

    Large wood Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)

    Northern Song or Jin period, mid 11th to mid 12th century

    This imposing figure of Avalokiteshvara, also known as Guanyin, is a masterpiece of eleventh to twelfth century Buddhist sculpture, remarkable for its size and richly carved drapery. Guanyin was one of the most widely revered deities in China and was believed to have the ability to save mankind from disasters such as fire, flood, demons and the sword of the executioner, as well as being the bestower of children. The sculpture was carved from paulownia wood, which was particularly valued for its lightness and stability.

     

    Height: 175.0cm