In China, Kuan Yin is the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion and is also the Protectress of Children. In India, she is represented as the female version of the male deity known as Avalokitesvara, "The One Who Hears the Cries of the World." In this figure she is seated in the Lotus posture, which is best for meditation, and seated on a double lotus pedestal. The lotus represents purity and divine birth. Her hands are held in the mudra of concentration, in which rests a vase that holds the nectar of her compassion. This can hold a small amount of water and a flower bud, if you wish. She is wearing a Lotus rosary with 3 end beads which symbolize the Buddhist Trinity (Buddha, The Word and The Priesthood). The small bump on her forehead and the bulge on the crown of her head are marks of enlightenment. Made of porcelain, her serene, seated countenance will bless any room. Having her be the first thing people see when they come into your office or home is a wonderful way greet clients and friends. Measures 14 inches tall.