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Japanese Lacquer and Giltwood Kannon, Edo Period, Japan



An absolutely lovely Japanese lacquered and gilt wooden figure of Kannon Botatsu (Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva), Edo Period, early 19th century or earlier, Japan. The Bodhisattva of Compassion, known as Kannon in Japan, Guanyin in China, and Avalokiteshvara in India, is one of the most beloved and revered figures in Buddhism. The embodiment of mercy and compassion, Kannon is said to hear the cries of the world, and seeks to bring comfort to all those who are suffering. Kannon is portrayed here seated upon a richly gilt double lotus pedestal and dressed in heavy, sumptuous robes decorated with intricate gilt painted brocade designs. The boddhisatva's long hair pulled back in a high chignon to crown the head. The right hand held out in varada mudra, the gesture of granting wishes or favors. In the other hand, Kannon holds a vase, an attribute said to contain pure water capable of washing away suffering. Kannon's full face is sensitive and serene, with finely carved details. A necklace in raised lacquer graces the bare chest.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 11.25 in. (28.58 cm)Width: 9 in. (22.86 cm)Depth: 7 in. (17.78 cm)
  • Style
    Edo (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Early 19th Century
  • Condition
    Repaired: An old restoration to the face. The figure now glued to the lotus pedestal, and the lotus pedestal glued to a later base. Additions or alterations made to the original: The shaped base seemingly of a later manufacture. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading. With minor chipping to the lacquer and rubbing to the gilding. The extended hand with slight losses to the fingertips, and a loss to the little finger.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894720969132

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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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