VIETNAMESE QUAN AM
Quan Am (aka Kuan Yin, Kuan Shih Yin, Guanyin or Kannon), is the bodhisattva of compassion. She's apparent in Buddhist pagodas, altars and in homes. Bodhisattva, or 'bo tat' in Vietnamese, refers to an intriguing Buddhist concept, i.e., any being who devotes their life to easing the suffering of others. Quan Am is noted for devoting life to others and referred to as the goddess of mercy, love and compassion. This beautifully carved polychrome lacquered gold gilt wood carved figure of this benevolent goddess measures 9 inches tall x 7 inches wide and is 5 inches deep. I acquired this diety many years ago in Hanoi, Vietnam and it dates from the late 19th - early 20th century.