Willow-and-Moon Kannon (Yōryū Kannon)


c. 1500

attributed to Gakuō Zōkyū 岳翁蔵丘

(Japanese, active about 1482–1514)
Overall with knobs: 207 x 67.9 cm (81 1/2 x 26 3/4 in.); Painting only: 104.8 x 44 cm (41 1/4 x 17 5/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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Kannon is a bodhisattva—a being capable of enlightenment, but who delays it in order to help other beings.


This painting of Kannon, a Buddhist deity of mercy and compassion with many forms. is attributed to Gakuō Zōkyū, a well-known Zen monk who specialized in ink painting. Kannon looks at the moon reflected in the water, a symbol of impermanence, and holds a willow branch and water vase symbolizing healing and purification.
Willow-and-Moon Kannon (Yōryū Kannon)

Willow-and-Moon Kannon (Yōryū Kannon)

c. 1500

Gakuō Zōkyū

(Japanese, active about 1482–1514)
Japan, Muromachi period (1392–1573)

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