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Standing Bodhisattva


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Description Bodhisattvas or Buddhas-to-be are dressed as Indian princes would be, with elaborate jewelry. Although his identifying symbols are lost, this Bodhisattva is probably Guanyin [Kuan-yin], one of two Bodhisattva attendants to the Buddha who dwells in the western paradise. The most important of all Bodhisattvas, Guanyin [Kuan-yin] responds to the needs of those who call upon him- to escape from a fire, or when desiring the birth of a child. He usually holds a lotus (sometimes in a vase in his lowered left hand, sometimes in his right hand)- a symbol of transcendence because it rises from mud. The head of this statue was probably re-carved in the 11th-12th century or later.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
7/14/1971Treatmentcleaned
Provenance Yamanaka & Co., New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Creator
Period
581-618 (Sui)
Medium
quartz sandstone, traces of paint
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
25.4
Measurements
H: 76 1/2 in. (194.3 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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