Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kuan Yin

Kwan Yin. Pastel, 22x36. 2014, The Bodhisattva of Great Compassion

In China, Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva is represented in female form and is known as Kuan Yin. Probably because of Kuan Yin's great compassion, a quality which is traditionally considered feminine, most of the bodhisattva's statues in China since the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618 - 907) have appeared as female figures. In India, however, the bodhisattva is generally represented as a male figure (but not in my pantheon.)

All you want to know from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guanyin

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