Japanese Metal Alloy Statue
Granting Pearl Bodhisattva
Origin: Japan. Circa: 1900s'
9 in.(23cm), W 3.5 in.(9cm), D 2.5 in.(6.5cm)
Bodhisattva holding a wisdom pearl was an iconographic type frequently depicted
in China in The Southern and Northern Dynasties eras (317-589 A.D.). Later it
was transmitted to Korea and Japan. Many of these statues are not identifiable
with particular divinity, but the small Amida Buddha on the crown of this statue
clearly indicated that this is the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, Kannon Bosatsu
in Japanese or Quanyin in Chinese.
depicted in this statue, the Bodhisattva stands erect. Sumptuously embellished
with a mandorla and a three sided crown. She holds the wisdom pearl in both hands
at waist level. A long scarf falls from his shoulders, crosses at her knees and
drapes over his forearms, fall close to the figure's side. A superb example of
the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara in the 7th century Asuka period. This statue is
possibly made by the Nezu Museum in Tokyo during the mid 1900s'.
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