(Art) Kuan-yin by Lydia Ruyle

Kuan-yin

Kuan-yinShe who listens to the cries of the world, carries a vessel of water and a willow symbolizing new growth and flexibility. Kuan-yin travels with traders long the Silk Road, as well as the sea routes to Southeast Asia, Korea and Japan. Her eleven heads are a Japanese depiction of her power to look out for and save souls in the world of heaven, the world of the sky and the world of the earth. The banner background is a field of swirling Chi energy clouds often featured in Chinese art. The yin feminine tiger and the yang masculine dragon decorate the borders.

Source: Bronze sculpture, 703 CE, Tokyo National Museum
Background: Ordination Scroll of Empress Zhang, Ming Dynasty, 1493CE, San Diego Museum of Art 

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