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Ming Guanyin Stone Head - RL.4318
Origin: China
Circa: 1368 AD to 1644 AD
Dimensions: 23" (58.4cm) high x 18" (45.7cm) wide
Collection: Chinese Art
Style: Ming
Medium: Marble


Additional Information: HK

Location: UAE
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This is a red sandstone sculpture of the Bodhisattva Guanyin from the Ming Dynasty. Here, Guanyin has a serene and peaceful face, radiating a soothing and touching aura. Wearing a crown of Buddhas with his master Amitabha at the centre. The sculptureā€™s square-ish face and the use of red sandstone hints at the possibility that it was made in Sichuan, Southwestern China, where red sandstone are abundant.

As the Bodhisattva of Mercy and Compassion, Guanyin has become extremely popular among the Chinese since his introduction to the region. To the mundane, Guanyin represents unconditional love and kindness, virtues that are desperately needed for this world. It is said 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.

Approaching the later period of Ming Dynasty, there was a gradual stylistic change. Departing from the slender and slim physique dominating the Yongle and Xuande era, late Ming sculptures have a relatively bigger head, a broader chest and a thicker torso. - (RL.4318)

 

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