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Kannon Bosatsu

A work made of wood with traces of polychromy.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood with traces of polychromy.


12th/14th century



About this artwork

This figure of Kannon, the bodhisattva of divine mercy and compassion, was originally part of an ensemble of three statues depicting the Welcoming Descent (raigo), in which the Amida Buddha and his attendants descend from the Western Paradise to welcome newly deceased souls. Here Kannon leans forward and extends a lotus pedestal (now lost), on which a soul would be carried into paradise. The idea of raigo was incredibly reassuring to Buddhist devotees, who, when close to death, used sculptures and painted images to imagine this journey to peace.


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Arts of Asia


Kannon Bosatsu


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Wood with traces of polychromy


83.9 × 36.9 × 36.9 cm (33 × 14 1/2 × 14 1/2 in.)

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Samuel M. Nickerson Endowment

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