Guanyin, “The Perceiver of Sounds [of the suffering world]”, is one of the most popular divinities in East Asian Buddhism. Sutras promised that sincere appeal to Guanyin would protect a believer in peril. Guanyin appears in many forms, both male and female, and was the subject of visions, dreams and miracles tales, as well as the orthodox Chinese translations of Indian sutras.
This gilt-bronze image shows Guanyin wrapped in a robe drawn up over a high crown holding a lotus bud. An image of the Buddha Amitābha is embedded in the front of the crown.
Penn Museum Object Number: C400