Kuan-Yin (Kannon in Japanese, Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit) is the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion. Here she sits poised and noble on a crescent moon. The moon represents both enlightenment and the feminine. Her clothes, jewelry, and the lotus at her feet are all beautifully and subtly colored. The moon is decorated with the Heart Sutra, the best known and beloved Mahayana Buddhist sutra. In the Heart Sutra Kuan-Yin looks down from on high and gives Shariputra the heart of wisdom teaching.
This statue is made from cold cast bronze.
For a little more about the Bodhisattva Kuan-Yin, see our blog post.