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Kannon

Kannon

early 1200s

Wood with lacquer and gold leaf

With base: 69.2 x 27.7 x 29 cm (27 1/4 x 10 7/8 x 11 7/16 in.); without base: 59.1 x 18.8 x 28 cm (23 1/4 x 7 3/8 x 11 in.)

Gift of Ralph King 1919.913

Description

Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion, is one of the two bodhisattvas attending Amida, the Buddha of the Western Paradise. The sculpture stands on a lotus pedestal, holding a lotus dais on which the soul of the faithful is received into paradise. The use of gold was prevalent in Buddhist art during this time--it was believed that the yellow light permeated the regions of the Amida--and Amida worship prevailed throughout Japan.

See also
Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Credit line: 
Gift of Ralph King

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