Figure: the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara with eleven heads (Ekadasamukha; Juichi-men Kwannon)

Statuette: the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara with eleven heads (Ekadasamukha; Juichi-men Kwannon). Figure hollow; head and arms sold. “Hi-no-ki” wood. Remains of gesso coating and traces of color. Glass eyes and urna inset.

Historical period(s)
Kamakura period, 1185-1333
Medium
Wood
Dimensions
H x W x D: 109.6 x 30.5 x 29.7 cm (43 1/8 x 12 x 11 11/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1907.112a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Sculpture
Type

Figure

Keywords
Avalokitesvara, Buddhism, Japan, kalasa, Kamakura period (1185 - 1333)
Provenance

To 1907
Unidentified owner, Japan, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Japan from an unidentified owner in 1907 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 941, pg. 30, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Statuette: the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara with eleven heads (Ekadasamukha; Juichi-men Kwannon). Figure hollow; head and arms sold. "Hi-no-ki" wood. Remains of gesso coating and traces of color. Glass eyes and urna inset.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum