Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kwanyin) with willow branch
China, late 18th-early 19th century
When properly placated, fierce Yogini goddesses bestowed worldly powers on tantric yogis and royal devotees. This is one of three life-size yoginis, from a temple that was destroyed at an unknown point in the past, that are reunited in a dramatic installation in the exhibition.
Image and caption courtesy of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery