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Not Just a Design: Guanyin Bodhisattva

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Last Updated: 2019-4-1

Reputed in East Asia as the "Goddess of Mercy", Guanyin translates to "The One Who Hears the Cries of the World". Her five major virtues; mercy, modesty, courage, justice, and wisdom are expressed through several generations of artistic representations. She is viewed as a soul that has reached full enlightenment and no longer needs to reincarnate; however, chooses to do so in order to enlighten others.

According to lore, while ascending into the spiritual plane, Guanyin heard the cries of suffering humans and chose to re-enter the plane of physical existence. Guanyin is depicted as both male and female, which exemplifies the god's transcendence of physical barriers like sex or gender. Masculine representations are presumably from periods before the Song dynasty. Guanyin is still a revered figure around the world to this day, and can be seen depicted in many different artistic mediums.

Porcelain Guanyin Statue Drip Fountain

A depiction of the Bodhisattva
in white porcelain medium


See More Guanyin Art

Tang Dynasty Sculpted Slab with Guanyin

Tang Dynasty Sculpted Slab with Guanyin

Bronze Guanyin Statue with Willow Branch

Bronze Guanyin Statue with Willow Branch

Cedar Wood Root Guanyin Sculpture

Cedar Wood Root Guanyin Sculpture


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Publisher: China Furniture and Arts Enterprises Inc.