May 14, 2012
May 14, 2012

Votive Hanging with Image of Kannon (Kannon Kakebotoke)

Votive Hanging with Image of Kannon (Kannon Kakebotoke)


mid- to late 1300s

Bronze with repoussé and etching

Diameter: 52.5 cm (20 11/16 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1985.16


Did you know?

Here the deity Kannon sits on a lotus flower, a symbol of purity and enlightenment.


Kakebotoke (literally “hanging Buddhist deities”) like this appeared from the latter part of the Heian period. They often hung on the doors of a Shinto shrine hall to indicate the Buddhist manifestation of the god, or kami, inside, or along the eaves of a Buddhist temple hall to indicate the Buddhist deity celebrated there.

See also
Japanese Art
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email