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.
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)
Width at arms: 18 1/2 in. (47 cm)
Width at base: 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm) (show scale)
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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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