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Avalokiteshvara (Kannon)

Avalokiteshvara (Kannon)

late 1800s to early 1900s

Hanging scroll: ink and color on silk; inscription in gold ink on silk

Overall: 227.9 x 75 cm (89 3/4 x 29 1/2 in.); Painting only: 155 x 51.4 cm (61 x 20 1/4 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 1986.8

Description

The bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Kannon in Japanese) stands with each of his feet upon a lotus blossom. The Buddha Amitabha (Amida in Japanese) appears in his headdress. The text written in golden characters attached to the top of the painting is a portion of a religious text extolling the virtues of the bodhisattva. The painter was inspired by Korean Goreyo period (918-1392) Buddhist paintings; he attempted to reproduce the diaphanous shawl sometimes seen in such early works.

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