Invoke the spirit of compassion with this lovely Quan Yin statue cast in high-quality resin. Kneeling on one knee, she stands 7″ tall and holds her vessel of compassion firmly in one hand.
The eastern goddess or bodhisattva of compassion, female embodiment of Avalokiteshvara, Quan Yin’s worship goes back thousands of years, throughout China, Japan, and southeast Asia. Also known as the goddess of mercy, her name literally means “She who hears the cries of the world.”
Quan Yin (also spelled Kuan Yin or Guan Yin) is traditionally depicted with a vase or vessel in her hands, sometimes held upright and sometimes upturned with its contents pouring forth. With this vessel she gathers the tears of world, offering her protection as she absorbs the sorrow and pain that surround us. Sometimes she is collecting the tears, sometimes she is releasing them, which is why the imagery and iconography can show her vase either way. When gathering tears, Quan Yin typically appears very serene and contemplative, often in a pose of meditation, whereas the depictions of her emptying the tears from her vase tend to be a bit a more dramatic, although graceful to the extreme, with the goddess standing or sitting upright and the lachrymose fluids cascading out in an elegant arch.