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洪福遠 , 1995

Avalokiteshvara was originally a male body and has been regarded as a female body in mainland China since the Northern and Southern Dynasties(420-589). In the picture, Avalokiteshvara sits on a lotus, holding a clean bottle in her left hand and a willow in her right hand. In traditional Chinese medicine, willows have the function of eliminating diseases. According to the Creation of the Gods , when Jiang Ziya battled against Lv Yue, Lv Yue spread the plague in the whole city. At one time, the people in the city fell ill. Finally, Shennong, the ancestor of traditional Chinese medicine, gave Yang Jian three pills and told him to melt them with warm water and use willows to splash in the city. Finally, the plague was relieved. Therefore, the willow and bottle of Avalokiteshvara symbolize the elimination of diseases and disasters. In the picture, there are words “great mercy” and “saving people from suffering and difficulties” meaning that Avalokiteshvara can eliminate disasters and diseases for all sentient beings and sprinkle profound blessings on the world.

  • 洪福遠
  • Painting, Wax Painting
  • 60cm X 45cm

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