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This Guanyin is between 180- 220 years old, China, dimensions 10.5”x4”x 3”

Guanyin the goddess of mercy (kuan yin), this piece still has quite a few layers of paint, under the layers there is probably a fairly detailed carving. Over the years some alter piece like this probably have been repainted a few times over the years. Many of these pieces were originally painted bright colors. Guanyin (Guan Yin) is a bodhisattva - a person who is motivated by supreme compassion and is ‘a potential Buddha in training’. She is associated with Mahayana Buddhists.  This individual is commonly known as the “Goddess of Mercy,” and her main aspect is compassion.


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