Kwan Yin Sculpture, Angel Skin Coral, 20th Century
5 x 5 x 1.25 in
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A fine carving of Kwan Yin (Guanyin) from a single branch of exceedingly rare angel skin coral. Kwan Yin is a Chinese Boddhisatva associated with compassion. From Wikipedia: "Some Buddhists believe that when one of their adherents departs from this world, they are placed by Guanyin in the heart of a lotus and then sent to the western pure land of Sukhāvatī.[4] Guanyin is often referred to as the "most widely beloved Buddhist Divinity"[5] with miraculous powers to assist all those who pray to her, as is mentioned in the Pumen chapter of the Lotus Sutra and the Kāraṇḍavyūha Sūtra."