Figural head of eleven-headed Kannon - ROM2005_3713_1


Figural head of eleven-headed Kannon

Medium:Carved wood
Geography: Japan
Date: 2nd half of 10th century AD
Period: Heian period
55.5 x 15 x 19.1 cm
Object number: 960.260.1
Credit Line: Gift of Louise Hawley Stone
Not on view
DescriptionBuddhism has had a great and enduring impact on Japanese life and culture since it was adopted from China via Korea in the sixth century. Its emphasis on contemplation, compassion and release from suffering found expression in many areas of Japanese daily life, religious practice, and the visual arts. Much of the finest Buddhist art of Japan was produced during the Heian and Kamakura periods (794 - 1192 and 1192 - 1333) when the various divine representations - such as the eleven-headed Kannon (the bodhisattva Guanyin or Avalokiteśvara) and the fierce protector, Fudo Myoo (Acala-vidyaraja) - associated with Esoteric Buddhism prevailed.
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