SOLD: Kuan Shi Yin, she who 'perceives the lamentations of the world', is the androgynous manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of great compassion, who may be represented in male form, but is more commonly represented in female form throughout China, Japan and Southeast Asia.
Kuan Yin is shown here standing upon the seed-head of a pink lotus, with her two hands palms-folded in anjali-mudra in front of her heart. She is peaceful and radiant white in colour, and she wears lower garments of embroidered silks, a silk sash draped across her left shoulder, billowing silk ribbons that adorn her crown and armlets, and a long green silk scarf that flows about her shoulders and arms. She is adorned with gold bracelets, armlets and a choker, with jewels and threaded bodhi-seeds ornamenting her long necklace. Her blue-black hair is piled up into a topknot with loose strands hanging about her shoulders, and her golden crown bears the small image of the water-pot that serves as her attribute to alleviate the thirst of all beings. Her aura and halo are decorated with inner rings of lotus petal designs, with entwined lotus flower motifs adorning the outer areas of her aura and halo.
© text by Robert Beer