Qi Dynasty Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 11 December 2018
Qi Dynasty Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara

Bodhisattvas are enlighted beings who have chosen to stay in the world to help others achieve Buddhahood. Avalokitesvara is the Bodhisattva of Compassion, known in Chinese as Guanyin. Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin, "he who listens to the cries of the world". This Guanyin is covered in heavy jewelry, whose forms are borrowed from Western and Central Asia. The rich adornment shows the growing popularity of Avalokitesvara in the 2nd half of the 6th century among devotees in China. From modern-day China. Northern Qi Dynasty, 550-577 CE. (The British Museum, London).


About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2018, December 11). Qi Dynasty Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/9485/

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Qi Dynasty Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified December 11, 2018. https://www.ancient.eu/image/9485/.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Qi Dynasty Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 11 Dec 2018. Web. 19 May 2019.

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