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Item Details
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Culture
China, late Northern Song dynasty (960-1127) - Jin dynasty (1115-1234)
Title
Eleven-Headed Guanyin
Work Type
Sculpture
Date
1100-1200
Material
wood with polychromy and cut gold
Measurements
Overall: 218.5 cm (86 in.)
Description
The bodhisattva is an enlightened being dedicated to the spiritual awakening of all beings. The compassionate bodhisattva Guanyin, in a variety of manifestations, is probably the most popular deity
of worship in Chinese Buddhism. In the Esoteric Buddhist form shown here, this standing Guanyin has a total of eleven heads, with smaller ones above the principal head. The uppermost head represents the Buddha Amitabha, to whom he is closely related. The eleven heads symbolize the Buddha’s steps on the path to enlightenment.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: China - Song Dynasty
Department: Chinese Art
Gallery: 238 Chinese Ceramics
Provenance: Anne Burnett Tandy, Fort Worth, Texas; (C. T. Loo)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the Artstor Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1981.53_full.tif
SSID
24616364

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