In the right hand is a water jar containing pure water, and in the left, a willow branch. It is said that she used the willow branch to sprinkle the divine nectar of life on her devotees, which is stored in the vase she holds in her other hand. The crown depicts the image of Amitabha Buddha, Kuan Yin’s spiritual teacher before she became a Bodhisattva. Kuan Yin seems to hover in the clouds above a lotus garden, her spiritual aura glowing as represented by the orange circles of light around her. She looks down upon the mortals of the world with compassion, hears their cries, and promises to liberate them from their karmic woes, offering her unconditional love. In China, Kuan Yin is immensely popular amongst Buddhists and Taoists.
Carved wooden rods have been sewn into the ends of the canvass, which could be removed if desired so that the painting could be framed. It is in very good condition, free of holes, tears or insect damage. Small, subtle patches of discoloration are present, but don’t diminish the aesthetics of the painting. The artist has beautifully depicted Kuan Yin, evoking a mood of tranquility. Devotional works of art such as this provide a deep source of inspiration for artists.
Height: 155cm, 61 in
Width: 60cm, 24 in
Length of rods: 76cm, 30 in
Materials: acrylic on canvass, wooden rods
Period: Mid 20th century