A Bosatsu (Bodhisattva in Sanskrit) is a being that has attained enlightenment but has compassionately refrained from entering nirvana in order to save others. As an attendant of Buddha, Bosatsu assumes many forms, all of which are worshipped as deities in Japanese Buddhism.

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  • Title: Bodhisattva
  • Date Created: mid-1200s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 64.8 cm (25 1/2 in.)
  • Provenance: (Robert H. Ellsworth, Ltd., New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1983.18
  • Medium: wood with traces of lacquer, polychromy, and cut gold lear (kirikane)
  • Department: Japanese Art
  • Culture: Japan, Kamakura period (1185-1333)
  • Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
  • Collection: Japanese Art
  • Accession Number: 1983.18

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