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Painted Wooden Statue of Avalokitesvara
Painted Wooden Statue of Avalokitesvara
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This statue, painted in color, was made with several pieces of wood joined together. This Avalokitesvara ( Guanyin) wears a tall coronal with a Buddha's image on top and sautoir hanging down with braids of hair. This image of Avalokitesvara has thin brows, clear eyes, full cheeks and a painted mustache. With the upper part of his body exposed, he wears a long skirt, sautoir on the chest. The clothes and ornaments are sculptured in lively and flowing lines, which convey a graceful rhythm. As he is sitting with one of his legs crossed, his body inclines slightly forward.

History of the Object
Since his introduction from India, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva has merged for a long time into the Chinese culture. Since the Tang and Song Dynasties, the worshiping of Avalokitesvara has never declined and Avalokitesvara has become one of the most favored gods of Chinese believers. For this reason, statues of Avalokitesvara have been made in bronze, stone, wood, clay, porcelain and all other materials. Statues similar to this large wooden Avalokitesvara of the Northern Song period are preserved in the United States, Germany, Japan and other countries. In the temples, most of the statues of Avalokitesvara are placed behind the screen in the back of the principal statues in the Hall of the Great Buddha. This image of Avalokitesvara, in the pose popular at the time of its creation, looks dignified but gentle. It is an excellent piece of wooden sculpture of the Northern Song Dynasty.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Wood 
Measurements
Height: 127.5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 10th century ~ AD 12th century 
Creation date
10th Century - 12th Century; Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) 
Function
 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Palace Museum, Beijing 
Museum
The Palace Museum 
Credit line
Palace Museum, Beijing 

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