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Maker: Unknown
Material and Medium: Ivory, wood
Dimensions: Overall: 350 x 90 x 80mm (13 3/4 x 3 9/16 x 3 1/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.235
One of the most popular Guanyins was 'song zi Guanyin', meaning 'Guanyin who sends sons'. It was the duty of every Chinese woman to bear sons, and many women prayed to this deity for help. This figure of Guanyin bears a small boy in her arms, who himself holds a vase, one of the Eight Buddhist Symbols and a homophone for 'peace'. Guanyin holds a fly whisk in her other hand, which symbolises authority but also signifies a tenet of Buddhism not to kill any living thing, even a fly.
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