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Boddhisattva

Accession Number
2015/2.148

Title
Boddhisattva

Artist(s)
Chinese

Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Medium & Support
bronze

Dimensions
1 ¾ in x 1 ¼ in x ½ in (4.45 cm x 3.18 cm x 1.27 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink

Subject matter

Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have put off entering paradise in order to help others attain enlightenment. There are many different Bodhisattvas, but the most famous in China is Avalokitesvara, known in Chinese as Guanyin.

Bodhisattvas are usually depicted as less austere or inward than the Buddha. Renouncing their own salvation and immediate entrance into nirvana, they devote all their power and energy to saving suffering beings in this world. As the deity of compassion, Bodhisattvas are typically represented with precious jewelry, elegant garments and graceful postures.

https://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv/bud/5imgbodd.htm


 

Physical Description
Seated figure with its right arm bent at the elbow and palm facing upward.

Primary Object Classification
Sculpture

Primary Object Type
figure

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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