Smithsonian Freer Gallery Sackler Gallery National Museum of Asian Art Gallery Guide Art of Buddhism

While the Buddhist pantheon in China and India was largely the same, some deities took on new forms in China while others had no foreign prototypes. For example, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, who was always portrayed as a male in India, gradually took on feminine attributes in China (see figure) until a completely female incarnation of the deity prevailed. As Buddhism took root in China, it became a major cultural force that inspired some of China's most brilliant paintings and sculptures.

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Guanyin of Eleven Heads 
China, Shaanxi Province, Xi'an 
Tang dynasty, ca. 703 
Limestone F1908.98
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