Isn’t she beautiful? She lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In the Berkshires. Her name is Kwan Yin. She’s the Buddhist goddess of compassion. Some representations of this goddess show her with a thousand arms and a thousand heads – the better to provide mercy and protection to all people.
So, the many branches from her head is an apt way to portray her. And, she makes a way-cool garden sculpture! She would look so beautiful in my garden back home. One can never have too much compassion and mercy in their lives, eh?! But, that good karma doesn’t come cheap. She’s $2,300.00 worth of mercy. So, unless we win the lottery, she won’t be gracing my garden. The cost and the chains attaching her to the fence are the only things preventing her from being strapped onto the back of the Tramper right now!
But, she was fun to see. The store where she lives was closed the day we saw it last week. However, it looked like a good bit of the inventory was outside on display. The store’s called Asia Barong and they have a dragon! They also have a website and Facebook page, should you have an interest.
We are still in the Creekside Campground in Rosendale, NY, waiting for Frankenstorm Sandy to blow through. Not to mention that our 4Runner is still in the shop. So, I started looking through the bazillion photos we’ve been taking and found these shots of the lovely Kwan Yin.