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Wooden Figure of Guanyin painted with Polychrome Pigments
C1990.0016
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The wooden figure of this Guanyin has a gentle expression and a slender body characteristic of the style prevalent in the Song, Jin and Yuan dynasties. Seated on a rocky base covered in lingzhi fungus with the right knee bent and the left foot lowered onto a lotus-pad footrest, he wears an openwork crown featuring a seated Buddha, while his eyes gaze serenely at the reflection of the moon in the water, symbolising the unreality of all phenomena.

History of the Object
Similar figures were worshipped in the temples of Shanxi and Hebei provinces. Traces of colour pigment can still be found on the body of this figure. Guanyin, the Chinese god of mercy, was initially represented as a male figure, but from the Tang dynasty onwards there was a tendency to emphasise the deity's feminine nature.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Wood 
Measurements
Width 96 cm. Height 152 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 12th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
12th Century - 13th Century; Song - Yuan 
Function
Worship 
Acquisition
Donated by Dr. Tsui Tsin-tong in 1969. Dr. Tsui Tsin-tong is a famous collector of ceramics and other Chinese art. He established the Tsui Art Foundation and, through it, donations have been made to famous museums in Hong Kong and around the world such as: the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada and the Shanghai Museum,etc. 
Copyright
Collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Government of the HKSAR All rights reserved 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Government property, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region 
Museum
Hong Kong Museum of Art 
Credit line
Donated by Dr.Tsui Tsin-tong 

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