Portrait: Guan Yin's Compassionate Journey

Zhang Cuiying

PureInsight | June 16, 2003


Writing in the portrait:
Right: Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara
Left: By Caixing [Zhang Cuiying's penname]
With cleansed hands and respect
[Zhang Cuiying's signature stamp]

The highly respected Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is also known as "Goddess of Mercy" or "Guan Yin" in Chinese. Guan Yin is the favorite goddess among the people of China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. This painting vividly portrays her great compassion. Within people's hearts, she will always be the symbol of kindness and peace and the savior of those in trouble.

There are many different images of Guan Yin. The theme of the portrait "Guan Yin's Compassionate Journey" is Guan Yin with a bottle of elixir. In the portrait, Guan Yin stands upon a lotus flower, holding a willow twig in her right hand and a bottle of elixir in the other. She uses the willow twig to dig into the bottle and sprinkle drops of elixir on the sentient beings. The artist painted Guan Yin with highly polished and simple brush strokes. The choice of colors is elegant and natural, which promotes the elevated and pure image of Guan Yin.

Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2002/7/9/16699.html

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