Tibetan Bronze Buddhism Kwan-yin On Sea Dragon Statue
2 in long by 3 in wide at the base. 5 in tall
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A statue that depicts a Tibetan Bronze statue of Kwan-yin on a dragon, from late 19th century. The name Guan Yin also spelt Guan Yim, Kuan Yim, Kwan Im, or Kuan Yin, is a short form for Kuan-shi Yin, meaning "Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the (human) World". In Chinese Buddhism, Guan Yin is synonymous with the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, the pinnacle of mercy, compassion, kindness and love. Dragon like that symbolizes control over the sea (part of being "protector of fishermen and sailors").