Personal Shrine with Bodhisattva Gwaneum (Avalokiteshvara) and Guardian Figure
On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
This tiny shrine contains an image of the Bodhisattva Gwaneum (Avalokiteshvara) accompanied by a guardian in military garb. When the sliding cover was in place, the image was protected and the shrine could be carried by a faithful Buddhist. Such portable devotional items likely served both as focal points for prayer and as amulets, protecting the wearer through the constant presence of the Bodhisattva.
Lent by the Carroll Family Collection
Personal Shrine with Bodhisattva Gwaneum (Avalokiteshvara) and Guardian Figure, 10th-12th century. Gilt bronze, 1 13/16 × 1 1/2 in. (4.6 × 3.8 cm). Lent by the Carroll Family Collection, L2021.3.10a-b (Photo: , CUR.L2021.3.10a-b_view01.jpg)
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