Saturday, August 18, 2007

Kwan Yin on a Dragon

Though Kwan Yin on a Dragon is a very common image in Asian devotional art, this Chinese sculpture from the 5th-6th century AD seems slightly unusual to me. Kwan Yin's posture and gestures don't seem to have quite reached the standard poses found in later examples. Somehow this version seems rawer and more energetic.

Could just be me, though.
from the Madison Museum of Fine Art

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