Very unusual figure of a seated Kannon in his appearance with 11 faces and thousand arms. The eyes cast down, the main pair of hands held in prayer, a second pair in his lap, holding a cup. Polychrome wood, with some gold. Piece carved out of one piece of wood. Japan Meiji period. Height 18 inches. Some of the pigments somewhat rubbed, some material cracks, otherwise very good condition.
This is an excellent piece of mingei (folk art). Although the carving is rather crude, the face of Kannon has been delicately painted. Kannon is a very popular deity, but in spite of that the deity rarely appears in folk carvings.