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Stone Bato (Horse-Head) Kannon Bosatsu Meiwa 7 (1770) mid-Edo

Stone Bato (Horse-Head) Kannon Bosatsu Meiwa 7 (1770) mid-Edo

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1800: Item # 1360591

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Standing Bato (Horse-Head) Kannon Bosatsu with hands forming the Bato-in mudra and horse head perched amid the upswept double-chignon hair-do, sculpted in relief from a fine-grained gray-brown igneous stone. Clearly dated to the seventh year of the Meiwa Era (1770), mid-Edo Period. Minor old loss, with overall softening of the lines and contours.

Height: 58.5 cm
Width: 28 cm
Depth: 15.5 cm
Packaged weight: 29 kg.

Beginning from the mid-Edo Period, stone images of Bato-Kannon were placed along roadsides throughout Japan to ensure safe passage of horses and their owners. This piece is a fine example of type, elegantly sculpted, clearly dated, and with exceptional presence.