Figure of Standing Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
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.
Three Kingdoms Period
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)
Figure of Standing Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, 7th century. Gilt bronze, height: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm). Anonymous Loan, L2018.6.17 (Photo: , CUR.L2018.6.17.jpg)
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