This is a metal sculpture of the
Guanyin appears meditative and relaxed,
seated informally on a pedestal crossing
right leg on his left. Wearing a crown of
Buddhas with his master Amitabha at the
centre, he places his left hand on his lap
and his right on his knee, forming the
Dhyana and varada mudra respectively.
Simplistic keyura hangs from his chest,
highlighting his elegant robes and the
folds on his neck.
As the Bodhisattva of Mercy and
Compassion, Guanyin has become
extremely popular among the Chinese
his introduction to the region. To the
mundane, Guanyin represents
love and kindness, virtues that are
desperately needed for this world. It is
that when Guanyin was ascending into the
spirit realm he heard the cries of suffering
humans and chose to return to this world.
Thus, Guanyin makes helping others reach
enlightenment his eternal mission.
There are several parts with visible
oxidisation. Together with the reddish
colour of the material, they suggest the
of ferrous metal in the production of the