This androgynous figure is Kwan Yin (Guanyin), the feminised Chinese version of the Boddhisattva (enlightened being) Avalokiteśvara, emanation of compassion. The figure has six pairs of arms; four of the twelve hands are positioned in the mudras of prayer and meditation, the remainder hold attributes of learning, the book and the stylus.
Ming dynasty, probably consecrated c. 1634
Gilt wood, red and black pigment, 58.1 x 40.6 x 23.3 cm
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge