late 11th century - early 12th century
Painted wood with remains of gilding
The Chinese name Guanyin means "One who heeds the cries (of others)." Guanyin was first worshipped in India and subsequently introduced into China. As is customary, Guanyin is clad in the sumptuous garb of an Indian prince. This statue was originally displayed as an icon in a Buddhist temple. Gardner placed it over the doorway leading to a chamber filled with Japanese and Chinese art that she nicknamed the "Buddha Room.” Not considered part of the museum's original installation, this gallery was emptied and its works sold off in 1971, a tragic episode in the museum's history.