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



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
Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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Gift of Ralph King

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