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Early Ming Dynasty, 15th century ChinaWood with remnants of original paintH 121 cm

The Buddhist goddess Guanyin embodies divine compassion, because she is already enlightened and strives to support humans on their journey to enlightenment. Guanyin has been endowed with mystical powers, and is able to grant wishes for health, wealth and children. In her guise as Water-Moon-Guanyin, she is seated upon a rock in the Holy land of Potalaka, a Western paradise, where she contemplates the moon’s reflection in water. In Buddhism, her representation symbolises the illusionist quality of all worldly phenomena the believer needs to leave behind.