Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Kannon)

The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kannon).
Pedestal. Box. Wood; lacquered and gilded. Surface worn and incrusted, only vestiges of gilding remaining. Agate urna inset. Ornaments of bronze filigree (blackened), with insets and attachments of glass and pottery. Sanskrit character under glass inset in the headdress.

Historical period(s)
Heian period, 9th or 10th century
Medium
Wood with lacquer and gilding
Dimensions
H x W x D (figure on base): 59.8 x 35.4 x 32.3 cm (23 9/16 x 13 15/16 x 12 11/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1909.344a-l
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Lacquer, Sculpture
Type

Figure

Keywords
Avalokitesvara, Buddhism, gilding, Heian period (794 - 1185), Japan
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kannon).
Pedestal. Box. Wood; lacquered and gilded. Surface worn and incrusted, only vestiges of gilding remaining. Agate urna inset. Ornaments of bronze filigree (blackened), with insets and attachments of glass and pottery. Sanskrit character under glass inset in the headdress.

Published References
  • Mizuno Keisaburo. Japanese Arts. Tokyo. vol. 5.
  • Paths to Perfection, Buddhist Art at the Freer/Sackler. Washington. pp. 82-83.
  • Catalogue of the Inaugural Exhibition, June 6-September 20, 1916. Exh. cat. Cleveland, June 6 - September 20, 1916. p. 300, fig. 9.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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