Guanyin

Historical Centre Piece

Quan Yin is one of the most universally beloved of deities in the Buddhist tradition. Also known as Kuan Yin, Quan’Am (Vietnam), Kannon (Japan), and Kanin (Bali), she is the embodiment of compassionate loving kindness. Beloved as a mother figure and divine woman who is very close to the daily affairs of her devotees, Kuan Yin’s role as Buddhist Madonna has been compared to that of Mary the mother of Jesus in the West.

There are numerous legends that recount the miracles which Quan Yin performs to help those who call on Her. Today Kuan Yin is worshipped by Taoists as well as Mahayana Buddhists–especially in Taiwan, Japan, Korea and once again in her homeland of China, where the practice of Buddhism had been suppressed by the Communists during the Cultural Revolution (1966-69).

The serenity and benevolence embodied by the Guanyin is reflected in her body posture: the angled leg and the loose hand position are characteristic features of the Guanyin.

This wooden specimen is a work of art partly painted with natural colors and was made in China around 1760. Due to the unique charisma, the Guanyin is very suitable as an eye catcher or centre piece, for example in a meeting room or a foyer, a living room or a salon as it spreads a pleasant atmosphere. The Gunayin unfolds its radiance as an isolated object as well as with a paravent as a background or a dramatic fabric.