the Chinese goddess of mercy.
As the female form of the
she also wears the image of
in her headdress (fig.).
The boy on her side is
a disabled boy who was given a new,
healthy and handsome body, by jumping of a cliff after the goddess, leaving
his disabled body in the ravine. Here, he is depicted walking on waves
across the sea, where −as described in the tale of the Precious Scrolls− he
went to see Kuan Yin when she appeared in the middle of the ocean.
See also POSTAGE STAMP