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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAW55xD45xH100mm, China

This is a hone carving of the Avalokiteśvara (Guan Shi Yin).  

Like all early civilizations, animal hones were used to make utensils as well as hair accessories.  The art of hone carving flourished in Ming and Qing dynasty, quickly gaining equal status as the more traditional carvings such as wood, ivory and jade.

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W20xH120mm, China

Guan Shi Yin (Avalokiteśvara) is a bohisattva who embodies the compassion of all buddhas, the Chinese name also suggests the observation of the mankind.      In the Tong dynasty, the proud emperor Li Shi Min forbidden the use words “Shi” and “Man” in all text and that unfortunately included religion as well.  The name was shortened to now more common shorten version Guan Yin.  The dates for Guan Yin festivals are lunar 19th Feburary (birthday), lunar 19th June (enlightened), lunar 19th September (Bodhisattvahood).