Statue of Guanyin

3D Image

Geoffrey Marchal
published on 27 November 2019

A representation of Guanyin, the bodhisattva of compassion. Guanyin is a Chinese translation of the Sanskrit name Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. While in India, the bodhisattva of compassion is still depicted as a man, in regions further east they are depicted as androgynous, or female like Guanyin.

Bodhisattvas are central elements of Mahayana Buddhism, as individuals who attained a high level of enlightenment on the path to attaining Buddha-hood, so that they may help others toward spiritual enlightenment. Unlike the soberly dressed Buddha, bodhisattvas often wear royal garments, ornaments, crowns and other jewels. This work shows a remarkable necklace decorated with two entangled dragons.

Bodhisattva, Shanxi Province, China. Jin Dynasty, circa 1200, wood, traces of gold and polychrome. Museum of Art History (Musée du Cinquantenaire, Brussels, Belgium). Made with Zephyr3D Lite from 3DFlow.

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