Seated Quan Yin with Scroll | Goddess of Compassion

Quan Yin, originally known as Avalokitesvara, is a highly revered manifestation of Buddha, who appears in Chinese scriptures around 400ad. Quan Yin means “one who hears the cries of the world,” and personifies the compassion of Buddha for the needy. She is the embodiment of the yin principle (The concept of yin yang is used to describe how polar opposites or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn).

Quan Yin (Chinese) or Kannon (Japanese) is usually represented as a young female deity, but she has the power to assume whatever form necessary in order to carry out her vow, which is to appear in any way necessary to lead beings out of suffering. She is also often shown holding a vase containing the waters of compassion, or the lotus flower of enlightenment, or a scroll of prayers.

There is an implicit trust in Quan Yin’s saving grace and healing powers. One of the most famous texts associated with the Bodhisattva is the ancient Lotus Sutra, has a chapter dedicated to Quan Yin, and known as the “Quan Yin sutra,”. It is said that if the devotee who is suffering calls Quan Yin’s name with all their heart, they will immediately be heard and will be able to free themselves from suffering. To this day, those who wish to receive the benefits she promises, recite the sutra many times daily focusing on the path to end suffering, which is the Buddha-way.

This piece is intricately carved red resin (The word “resin” has been applied in the modern world to nearly any component of a liquid that will set into a hard lacquer-like finish and carved.) and captures every fold and detail in Quan Yin’s robe, and she is holding a scroll of prayers in her right hand. These prayers represent the teachings of Buddha. This Quan Yin is resting her left hand on the knee in a very meditative state. Excellent condition. Age: Mid-20th/c. Dimensions: 4-3/4” h x 3-3/8” w 1-3/4” d

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