Guanyin, anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1200

Guanyin, anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1200

willow and paulownia wood with painting and guilding, h 117.0cm × w 111.0cm × d 74.0cm More details

Here the Buddhist deity Guanyin, saviour of people in peril, is represented meditating on a rock. According to legend, he was once found in this position, meditating on the reflection of the moon in water, a symbol of illusion and transience in Buddhism. His pose and face embody inner peace and concentration.

On display in Asian pavilion, room 2 Visit via the Highlights Asian Pavilion tour

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