Goddess Kwanon is the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Originally a male deity, she is said to be derived from the Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva of the Mahayana Buddhism in India. When Buddhism travelled to China, it integrated with local deities and names. Kwanon became a popular deity in Japan after the religion spread there. This beautifully and delicately carved Kwanon stands on a lotus pedestal. She is dressed in flowing drapery, fine jewellery and a crown with Amitabha Buddha. She is holding a lotus in her left hand showing her heart of purity and a bottle in her right hand which contains miracles that bless women with children. Its background represents the sky with sun and moon on the sides. Her eyes are meditative, and her expression is one of kindness and serenity.
It has a signature at the bottom, Ryomei saku that reads made by Roymei.
Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection