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Figure of Standing Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
This figure likely represents Gwaneum, as Avalokiteshvara is known in Korea, but it has neither the Buddha in its crown nor the water bottle that often identifies the Bodhisattva. This representation emphasizes Gwaneum’s physical beauty, with the curves and flutters of multiple scarves and ribbons expressing the grace, energy, and ease of the Bodhisattva’s character.
MEDIUM Gilt bronze
DATES 7th century
PERIOD Three Kingdoms Period
DIMENSIONS height: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm) mount (m1 with object): 8 1/4 × 3 × 2 in. (21 × 7.6 × 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Lent by the Carroll Family Collection
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
CAPTION Figure of Standing Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, 7th century. Gilt bronze, height: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm). Lent by the Carroll Family Collection, L2018.6.17 (Photo: , CUR.L2018.6.17.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.L2018.6.17.jpg., 2018
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