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Seated Guanyin (Kuan-yin) Bodhisattva
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Seated Guanyin (Kuan-yin) Bodhisattva


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Description This late Ming dynasty dry-lacquer sculpture is an image of the bodhisattva Guanyin, an enlightened being venerated in Chinese Buddhism as an embodiment of compassion. Called a "Water-moon Guanyin" or "Guanyin sitting in Royal Ease," this theme and its iconography derive from textual inspiration found in the Avatamsaka Sutra (the central text of the Hua-yen school of Buddhism), and indigenous Chinese traditions. The dry lacquer technique was popular, but examples of this size and degree of refinement are rare.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
11/07/2006Treatmentcleaned; other
11/07/2006Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; other
1/10/2007Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; other
Provenance C.T. Loo & Co., Paris; Doris Duke, October 7, 1937, by purchase; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Walters Art Museum, 2006, by gift.
Credit Gift of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection, 2006

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Period
late 14th-15th century
Medium
dry lacquer, gold and paint
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
25.256
Measurements
H: 50 x W: 34 1/4 x D: 22 5/8 in. (127 x 87 x 57.5 cm)
Geographies
  • China (Place of Origin)

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