Today images of the Lady Kuan Yin are ever-present in temples, household shrines, and innumerable wayside grottoes throughout Asia, where she is worshiped by Mahayana Buddhists as well as many Taoists. She has been especially revered in Taiwan and China (although public worship was discontinued in Red China in 1966), and in Japan and Korea, where large towering statues of her can be seen.
Loved as a universal mother figure and a kind of divine mediatrix who is very close to the daily affairs of her devotees, Kuan Yin's prominent role in the East has been compared to that of the Virgin Mary in the West. She is the protectress of women, sailors, merchants, craftsmen, and those under criminal prosecution, and is invoked particularly by those desiring progeny.
Here you see her with her hand raised in the teaching mudra. Her left hand is holding a vase and/or willow branch. Lovely carved Buddhas and Kuan Yin's have been coming our Bali recently. Keep them coming, we love them.