Antique Japanese Bronze Black Kannon Bosatsu Guan Yin Buddha Statue 觀世音菩薩
Antique Japanese Bronze Buddha
Black Kannon Bosatsu 觀世音菩薩
Holding Wisdom Pearl
Edo Period, Circa: 19th century or earlier
H 14 in. (35.5cm.), W 4 in. (10cm.), D 4 in. (10cm.)
Condition: missing hairpin, minor incrustations, o.a. good
While already assured of Buddhahood, Kannon remains in this world to comfort suffering sentient beings. Perhaps because of the maternal, feminine traits and gentle expressions, statues of Kannon inspire a greater affection in Japan than do any other Buddhist figures. Cast with exceptional skill in heavy bronze, lacquered in black with a rich surface texture and patina of age; Realistic and beautifully rendered, the simple form of the gentle Goddess is appealing in its archaic purity. Her eyes downcast in contemplation, bared feet, and hands holding a wisdom pearl, her sumptuous robe flows along pronounce outlines and defined supple symmetry. The style and proportions point to an earlier date, possibly older than the Edo period assessment.