The Bodhisattva Kannon (Avalokiteshvara)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 224

Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion, is one of the most popular and frequently depicted deities in Japanese Buddhism. Kannon grants deliverance from suffering to anyone who calls upon his name. Here he wears flowing robes draped with sashes. The sculpture’s surface was originally decorated with layers of lacquer, pigments, and likely gold leaf. Today its cypress wood core is completely revealed.

The Bodhisattva Kannon (Avalokiteshvara), Cypress wood; single-block construction (ichiboku-zukuri), Japan

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