This statue of Guan Yin, in a pose of royal ease, is from the Ming dynasty. Also known as the Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin is immensely popular among Chinese Buddhists in Macau. Guan Yin (spelled locally as "Kun Iam") is a symbol of beauty, purity, kindness and luck. She is also seen as a source of compassion and as a savior.
Here in Macau, she is regarded as the protector of fishermen, sailors, and anyone who goes out to sea. One of Macau's oldest and most impressive Buddhist temples, known as "Kun Iam Tong", dates back to the 13th century, and to this day, continues to be a popular place of worship for the Goddess of Mercy.
Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644)
Height 130 cm
Width 72 cm
Depth 53 cm