A Chinese deity identified as Kuan Yin, seated in the lotus position on a jade throne, with ten arms, carrying weapons, a bell and round objects. Painting by a Chinese artist.

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A Chinese deity identified as Kuan Yin, seated in the lotus position on a jade throne, with ten arms, carrying weapons, a bell and round objects. Painting by a Chinese artist. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark. Source: Wellcome Collection.

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Kuan Yin, the Chinese Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion in her eight-armed form. In Indian Mahayana Buddhism, the bodhisattva is male and called Avalokiteśvara, but in China and Japan the bodhisattva of compassion is female

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1 painting : gouache ; sheet 34.6 x 26.5 cm

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Lettering in Chinese script bottom right

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Wellcome Collection 581166i

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