White-robed Kannon


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 230

This Zen Buddhist painting presents a strikingly human image of the bodhisattva Kannon, who relaxes near a waterfall in a woodland setting. He is visited by Sudhana, the archetypal pilgrim who sought the bodhisattva in Potalaka, Kannon’s island paradise. Images of this type were first brought back from China by Zen monks, and many Japanese examples were created beginning in the Muromachi period (1392–1573). This early scroll adheres closely to Chinese models and reveals the roots of Japanese Zen painting in ink.

On view for rotations 1 and 2

#8830. White-Robed Kannon

White-robed Kannon, Hanging scroll; ink on silk, Japan

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