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Guanyin, Qing dynasty, about 180 - 220 years old, Dimensions  13” x 5” x 3”

Much of the original paint has faded over the years.  The bodhisattva of compassion in East Asian Buddhism, with full name being Guan Shi Yin. Guan Yin is considered to be the female form of Avalokiteshvara but has been given many more distinctive characteristics. Guanyin is an East Asian deity of mercy, and a bodhisattva associated with compassion. The name Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin, which means "Perceiving the Sounds (or Cries) of the World". She is also sometimes referred to as Guanyin Bodhisattva. Some Buddhists believe that when one of their adherents departs from this world, they are placed by Guanyin in the heart of a lotus, and then sent to the western pure land of Sukhāvatī.

Antique Guanyin

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