Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion, is one of the two bodhisattvas attending Amida, the Buddha of the Western Paradise. The sculpture stands on a lotus pedestal, holding a lotus dais on which the soul of the faithful is received into paradise. The use of gold was prevalent in Buddhist art during this time—it was believed that the yellow light permeated the regions of the Amida—and Amida worship prevailed throughout Japan.

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  • Title: Kannon
  • Date Created: early 1200s
  • Physical Dimensions: with base: 69.2 x 27.7 x 29 cm (27 1/4 x 10 7/8 x 11 7/16 in.); without base: 59.1 x 18.8 x 28 cm (23 1/4 x 7 3/8 x 11 in.)
  • Provenance: (Mrs. Henry Golden Dearth)
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1919.913
  • Medium: wood with lacquer and gold leaf
  • Original Title: 観音菩薩像
  • Department: Japanese Art
  • Culture: Japan, Kamakura period (1185-1333)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Ralph King
  • Collection: Japanese Art
  • Accession Number: 1919.913

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