The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Gwaseum Bosal) (detail), c. 1600–1800. Hanging scroll, ink and colors on linen.
This painting from Korea’s Joseon dynasty (1392–1910) reflects the deeply resonant tradition of Buddhism. The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, known to the Japanese as Kannon and to the Chinese as Guanyin, and by many other names elsewhere in Asia, is one of the most popular Buddhist deities of compassion.
This work is from the collection of the Asian Art Museum/Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. The Center is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art. Its holdings include more than 13,000 art objects spanning 6,000 years of history and representing countries and cultures throughout Asia.