Japanese Kannon Bosatsu statue - Tropical hardwood - Japan - Meiji, Early 20th century
Exceptionally large and beautifully detailed sculpted Japanese Kannon Bosatsu (Bodhisattva of Great Compassion) statue made of tropical hardwood, early 20th century (late Meiji period).
In Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is an important Buddhist saint who has not accepted Buddhahood. He or she will not accept it until all living beings have reached the western paradise. Bodhisattvas are in a high degree of enlightenment. Bodhisattva literally means "enlightenment (bodhi) being (sattva)" in Sanskrit.
From the beautifully carved chignon and crown, the delicate hands in perfect mudra, to the flowing shawls descending to the base, the wisdom pearl and the gossamer hair, this forms an exceptional sculpture, full of subtlety, authenticity and artistic power.
Status report: In fairly good condition, with 3 restorations (see photos) consistent with age and use
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