Nyoirin Kannon


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 230

The bodhisattva Kannon is represented here with Esoteric Buddhist attributes: his wish-fulfilling jewel and the wheel of Buddhist teachings. Carved into the base are female donors’ names; this votive offering to a temple may have been connected with the monthly jūkuya-kō ritual for the safe delivery of healthy children.

On view for rotations 1 and 2

Nyoirin Kannon, Wood with gold, gold leaf, lacquer,and crystal inlay, Japan

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