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62 THE TWO-HEADED BUDDHA:THE BEWILDERING ART FROM YUNNAN (Part 1)- WOON WEE TENG -Yunnan has never been short of Buddhist artworks to mesmerise and transfix those who see them. One good example is the unique Guanyin known as 阿 嵯 耶 观 音 (Acuoye Guanyin)1 [see Figure 1]. This unusual style and form of Acuoye Guanyin do not cease to captivate art lovers and the faithful. One statue of Acuoye Guanyin cast in gilt bronze at 45.4 cm high also com-manded a staggering price – it was sold by Christie’s in 2011 for a record price of US$ 4,002,500. This price triggered immediate interest in Acuoye Guanyin and also generated the awareness of Chinese art from Yunnan. Other interesting examples include, just to cite a few Yunnanese examples, the Celestial Bird (see Figure 2); Amitabha Buddha with hands in samahita mudra [hand gesture of meditation] and richly adorned with jewelry (see Figure 3); Vairocana Buddha in bodhy-angi mudra [hand gesture of supreme wisdom] and wearing earrings (see Figure 4);...