gilt bronze female figure seated on cushion holding small male figure in lap; mounted on black stand

Child-Giving Guanyin (Sung-tzu Guanyin), 16th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

Gilt bronzeexpand_more

Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  97.134.1

Guanyin, one of the most popular of all Buddhist deities, is shown here holding an infant boy in her lap; she is Songzi, the Child-Giving Guanyin. Male children were extremely important to Confucian family structure. They ensured not only the continuity of family and clan, but that there would be uninterrupted generations to carry on the rituals of ancestral worship. The Child-Giving Guanyin was prayed to by worshipers for healthy children and intelligent male heirs.

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Child-Giving Guanyin (Sung-tzu Guanyin)
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Artist
Accession Number
97.134.1
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gilt bronze female figure seated on cushion holding small male figure in lap; mounted on black stand