Figure of the bodhisattva Guanyin

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This elaborately-robed bodhisattva is an image of Guanyin, or Avalokiteshvara, who became widely worshipped as a goddess of compassion. This figure is from northern Shaanxi province, possibly the Wutai mountains, an ancient holy site of Buddhist pilgrimage. The picture shows the Wutai mountains as painted in AD 961 in a Buddhist cave temple over 1,000 miles away on the Silk Road.


Further reading

Vainker, Shelagh, Chinese Silk. A Cultural History (London: The British Museum Press, 2004), p. 123, figs 80-81 on pp 121-123

Christopher Brown, ‘The Burlington Magazine, Acquisitions (1998-2014) at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford’, 1139, (2014)

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