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Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Chinese, Guanyin) with a willow branch and vase

Accession Number
1964/2.20

Title
Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Chinese, Guanyin) with a willow branch and vase

Artist(s)
Chinese

Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
618-907

Medium & Support
Molded terracotta votive plaque

Dimensions
2 3/4 in. x 1 3/4 in. ( 7 cm x 4.4 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection

Label copy
Bodhisattvas, or spiritually advanced beings destined to become Buddhas, play a central role in Mahâyâna Buddhism, as embodiments of certain aspects of the teachings and as divinities to whom one could pray. Throughout Asia, the most popular bodhisattva was Avalokitesvara, “the lord who looks down and listens with compassion.” He can be recognized by the large lotus blossom he holds in his left hand.
Maribeth Graybill, Senior Curator of Asian Art
Exhibited in "Flora and Fauna in Chinese Art," April 6, 2002 - December 1, 2002.

Primary Object Classification
Sculpture

Primary Object Type
relief

Additional Object Classification(s)
Ritual Object

Collection Area
Asian

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Keywords
Buddhism
bodhisattva
lotus (motif)
willow (wood)

3 Related Resources

Buddhism
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Devotional Objects Across Religions
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)

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