Guanyin, the Chinese version of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, appears in thirty-three different manifestations, so as to meet the needs of the various types of beings who call out for her intercession and to whom she teaches the Dharma. This is a novel representation of Guanyin, as it is neither her original form nor one of her traditional thirty-three manifestations. She is depicted in her usual standing posture, holding a rosary, and wearing a magnificent jeweled necklace; on her head is a small statue of the buddha Amitabha. She rides on her customary mount, the chaotianhou, a mythical beast said to be the son of the Dragon King. Serving as a type of guardian, it snarls at the sky. Its function is to impart the will of heaven to the world, and to transmit the sentiments of the people to heaven. The precision with which this piece manifests Guanyin’s countenance and bearing attest to the level of mastery attained by the artist over decades of painstaking work. Guanyin’s tranquil bearing and fluttering robe covey a sense of fortitude amidst the vicissitudes of life. Overall, this exquisite sculpture exudes a tangible sense of benevolence and solicitude for the welfare of all sentient beings.