On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
The worship of Guanyin (Avalokiteshvara) was very popular in China, where the Bodhisattva was depicted holding a water bottle (kundika) as well as a long-stemmed lotus. The water bottle represents Guanyin’s role as purifier and nurturer. In this early image the Bodhisattva is dressed as an Indian prince, but later Guanyin came to be understood as female, a tradition that is still widespread in China.
22 × 7 1/2 × 6 in., 30 lb. (55.9 × 19.1 × 15.2 cm, 13.61kg) (show scale)
Gift of the Edith and Milton Lowenthal Foundation
Standing Guanyin, 580-618. Limestone, 22 × 7 1/2 × 6 in., 30 lb. (55.9 × 19.1 × 15.2 cm, 13.61kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Edith and Milton Lowenthal Foundation, 88.197. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 88.197_front_bw.jpg)
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