Yin standing on clouds, suspended just above a bamboo grove. A metaphoric descent
from the moon to her believers, she holds in her hands tools of compassion; a
willow branch to heal illness and a jar of water to purify the defiled. Layered
and dense, deep folds of carved wood twist around and through the figure. In the
background a moon is partially obscured by passing clouds while down below, on
Earth, bamboo rises from the moss and stone. The attractive rose colored wood
gives off a slight gleam, the color of a pair of soft brown eyes looking out.
Kwan Yin is the goddess of compassion, and takes thirty-three different forms.
A beautiful piece in excellent condition.
Yin does not come hither;
I do not go thither.
The water is in the basin;
The moon is in the heavens.
When the water is clear,
The moon appears.
When the mirror is bright, the image emerges.
Tung-Po, the 11th Century Chinese poet-