Guanyin, Bodhisattva of Inifinite Compassion. Qianlong Emperor (1736-1796). Statue is made of wood from the Qing Dynasty. Displayed in the Vatican Ethnological Museum.
We were fortunate to be invited to dine at the Vatican Museum. I shot this statue just before dinner. I dig how it was on a pedestal so I don't have to kneel down to get a low angle view. I also like the way the backlighting worked. The one great thing about taking photos of statues is that they don't complain, and don't demand a model release.