Material and Medium: Ivory, wood
Dimensions: Overall: 877 x 140 x 130mm (34 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/8in.)
Overall: 123 x 230 x 200mm (4 13/16 x 9 1/16 x 7 7/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.307
This is one of four figures of the Buddhist deity Guanyin in the Grice Collection. She is shown with a vase and lotus flower, both Buddhist symbols.
Guanyin means 'one who listens and pays attention to the cries of the world'.
Originally, Guanyin was an Indian male Bodhisattva but during the 1400s, the power of popular worship in China transformed him into a female figure.
The Bodhisattva are figures who attained enlightenment, and instead of going on to a state of paradise bliss, decided to stay in the world to help human beings.