This itto-bori Kannon is dramatic in its simplicity and the solidity and weightiness of its form. Every detail is summarily carved with great skill, achieving an effect of monumentality in the serene face and head, the crown bearing a geometrically abstracted figure of Amitabha, of whom Kannon is an emanation. The right hand is lifted in the abaya mudra of no-fear, while the left holds the vase of nectar, a symbol of the great compassion of Kannon. Including the undercut trailing scarves, the parallel folds of fabric and the lotus base set upon an ornamented plinth, all elements have been boldly preserve and aged beautifully.
Estimated Value $1200
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