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Qing Dynasty
清朝
Guanyin - Avalokitesvara
观音像

This statue of Guanyin is dated to 1636 to 1911 during the Qing Dynasty. Guanyin is the Goddess of Mercy, a personification of Buddha. Here she is shown holding a lotus blossom. Usually she holds a willow branch and a jar of pure water. She can also be depicted with a thousand arms, or holding her hand aloft in blessing with a lion at her feet. Guanyin is a major figure of devotion in both Chinese Buddhism and in Daoism. She is characterized as merciful by both, but the stories of her origin and place among the pantheon of immortals differs.











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