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Kwan Yin

 

At least, I think it is the Buddhist goddess, Kwan Yin - of the Mahayana school of Buddhism.  Taken in the Freer Gallery, Washington, DC.  Scanned slide from 1971.

 

 

Kwan Yin

 

At least, I think it is the Buddhist goddess, Kwan Yin - of the Mahayana school of Buddhism.  Taken in the Freer Gallery, Washington, DC.  Scanned slide from 1971.

 

 

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Dec 2015, 05:29
Is it a wood carving, Tom?
Tom Wilson: Bronze, I think, Ray.
She's quite lovely! Impressive quality for a scanned slide!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth - my cheap little slide scanner does a pretty good job!
  • Chris
  • United States
  • 28 Dec 2015, 06:46
She could be a good luck charm
Tom Wilson: She's the Buddhist goddess of mercy - for luck you'll need the Chinese god Shouxing smile
You've done her justice, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ginnie.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Dec 2015, 07:20
So simple and so beautiful. Wonderful colour she has.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Astrid - yes, it's converted nicely - I'm still surprised at how well some of these slides scan.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 28 Dec 2015, 07:57
At first glance, it looks almost early Christian, Tom, though obviously it is isn't
Tom Wilson: Religious iconography travels smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Dec 2015, 08:05
Skinny in comparison with the Buddha himself. Great presentation.
Tom Wilson: You are probably thinking of the so-called "laughing Buddha" - which is a Chinese image of a Buddhist monk, not actually the Buddha. The Buddha went through an ascetic phase on his way to enlightenment and there are many images of him showing this phase, e.g., http://www.sabaidesignsgallery.com/media/content/AsceticBuddha.jpg smile
A beautiful piece of art Tom!
Tom Wilson: Religious iconography travels smile
I like the hands gesture.
Tom Wilson: The raised open hand is the gesture of protection on statues of the Buddha - I suppose that with both hands raised like this, it means pretty well the same, which would fit with her being the goddess of mercy.
Shows how little I know. I thought The Buddha wasn't a God but a real person with a good take on how to live life
Tom Wilson: The Mahayana school of Buddhism is different in that respect, Bill - I think it incorporated a lot of earlier Chinese religion. You got it right smile
I must admit my thoughts were the same as Bills, now I stand corrected.
Tom Wilson: There are different "schools" of Buddhism, Br smileian - Kwan yin is from the Mahayana school, which incorporated a lot of earlier Chinese religious ideas, including gods. smile

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