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Guanyin Holding a Child
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Guanyin Holding a Child


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Description The Chinese goddess of compassion, Guanyin, was a popular subject for Buddhist ivory figures. She is depicted as a young, beautiful maiden, sometimes carrying a book, a peach, or a child, as here. Those wishing to bear children would seek her help. The figure conforms to and calls attention to the shape of the tusk.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1580-1644
Medium
carved ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.656
Measurements
11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm)
Geographies
  • China (Place of Origin)

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