"Bodhisattva Guanyin, 17th century China" Print


Drawn from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Asian Art Collection, “Guanyin (in Sanskrit, Avalokiteshvara), the bodhisattva of infinite compassion, is one of the most commonly depicted Buddhist figures in Chinese art. She was believed to have the ability to bless every suffering person in the mortal world. Although in India the bodhisattva was originally understood to be either genderless or male, in China, female manifestations such as this one were common.” 

The Metropolitan Museum’s collection of Chinese religious sculpture, assembled between 1920 and 1950, is the largest of its type in the West. 


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