If you ever find yourself anywhere near Kansas City, I highly recommend a visit to the Nelson-Atkins Museum. It’s home to some very stunning pieces of Buddhist art, well displayed. Guanyin is the representative of compassion (the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit) and is sometimes depicted as male, sometimes as female, and in a variety of postures, sometimes with many arms. This seated Guanyin is human-like and very much at ease. It is one of the most beautiful depictions I’ve ever seen of what we would call vajra pride—the powerful proclamation of self-existing enlightenment. Perfect for a cover for an issue devoted to Buddhist teachings. –Liza Matthews
This print is presented with the black background that we created for our use on the cover of the May 2006 Lion's Roar. The Seated Guanyin Bodhisattva depicted in this print comes from the Liao Dynasty (907-1125) in China, and is currently in the South and Southeast Asian Collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The original 95” by 65” wooden figure is possibly the best-preserved and most magnificent sculpture from this period of Chinese Buddhist art.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, is dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts and the varied cultures they represent and is internationally recognized for its collection of more than 33,000 objects. This encyclopedic museum is one of the best in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to explore civilization through the eyes of painters, sculptors, craftsmen, and many other artists. The Nelson-Atkins is free to all visitors every day.
Learn more about the wonderful work of the Nelson-Atkins Museum at: www.nelson-atkins.org
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