Figural head of eleven-headed Kannon - ROM2005_3718_1

ROM2005_3718_1

Figural head of eleven-headed Kannon

Medium:Carved wood
Geography: Japan
Date: 2nd half of 10th century AD
Period: Heian period
Dimensions:
55.5 x 14.7 x 18 cm
Object number: 962.251
Credit Line: Gift of Louise Hawley Stone
On view
Gallery Location:Prince Takamado Gallery of Japan
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 Avalokitesvara) and the fierce protector, Fudo Myoo (Acala-vidyaraja) - associated with Esoteric Buddhism prevailed.
Collection:
Japan
Browse Categories:Sacred & Ceremonial
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