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Standing Bodhisattva

Asian Art

In Buddhism, bodhisattvas are beings who have postponed their elevation to Buddhahood in order to perform service in the temporal world. The sumptuous robes and jewelry they wear symbolize their identity as compassionate saviors who have yet to relinquish the world. This large-scale wooden bodhisattva, produced under the Central Asian Jurchen Tartars, who ruled North China from the twelfth to the thirteenth century as the Jin dynasty, may possibly represent Avalokitesvara, or Guanyin in Chinese, the most compassionate of all bodhisattvas and the most popular bodhisattva in China.

MEDIUM Wood, traces of polychrome
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES 1115-1234
    DYNASTY Jin Dynasty
    PERIOD Jin Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS 56 5/16 x 18 1/2 x 10 5/8 in., 32 lb. (143 x 47 x 27 cm, 14.52kg) Width at arms: 18 1/2 in. (47 cm) Width at base: 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Standing Bodhisattva, 1115-1234. Wood, traces of polychrome, 56 5/16 x 18 1/2 x 10 5/8 in., 32 lb. (143 x 47 x 27 cm, 14.52kg). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, 37.223. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.223_front_PS6.jpg)
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