May 14, 2012
May 14, 2012

Votive Hanging with Image of Kannon (Kannon Kakebotoke)

Votive Hanging with Image of Kannon (Kannon Kakebotoke)

観音懸仏

mid- to late 1300s

Bronze with repoussé and etching

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

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1985.16

Location

Did you know?

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

Description

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
Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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