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.
|11/07/2006||Treatment||cleaned; loss compensation; other|
|1/10/2007||Treatment||cleaned; 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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