Antique Buddha Museum Statues
Asuka Kannon
Vintage Japanese Metal Alloy Statue

Asuka Kannon

Wish Granting Pearl Bodhisattva

Origin: Japan. Circa: 1900s'
H 9 in.(23cm), W 3.5 in.(9cm), D 2.5 in.(6.5cm)
Condition: excellent!
The 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.

As 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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