Nikko, the Sun Bodhisattva, with its enigmatic gaze, seems to radiate compassion. The flowing robes and curving posture might have been influenced by Chinese Buddhist sculpture; however, the interplay of the wood grain in this single block of yew, with the artist's subtle carving, is a Japanese innovation. Originally paired with the Moon Bodhisattva, this figure likely flanked a sculpture of Yakushi Nyorai, the Healing Buddha.
Asia House Gallery, New York, 1968: Japanese Arts of the Heian Period: 794-1185.
Cleveland Museum of Art, 1975: Traditions and Revisions.
Japan House Gallery, 1981: One Thousand Years of Japanese Art (650-1650) from The Cleveland Museum of Art.
Cleveland Museum of Art, 1986: The Twain Shall Meet.
Cleveland Museum of Art, 1991: Object Lessons.
The Cleveland Museum of Art (06/28/2009 - 08/30/2009): "Streams and Mountains Without End: Asian Art and the Legacy of Sherman E. Lee at the Cleveland Museum of Art"
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