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Stone 11-Headed Kannon Bosatsu Kokwa 3 (1846) Late-Edo Period

Stone 11-Headed Kannon Bosatsu Kokwa 3 (1846) Late-Edo Period

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1900: Item # 1444925

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Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 161-0032

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Standing 11-Headed Kannon Bosatsu, the figure's left hand holding a long-stemmed lotus bud and the right forming the segan-in mudra symbolizing the fulfillment of the vow, sculpted in relief from a brown-hued sedimentary stone. Clearly dated to the third year of the Kokwa Era (1846), late-Edo Period. Minor old loss, with dried lichen accumulation.

Height: 41 cm
Width: 21.5 cm
Depth: 15 cm
Packaged weight: 14 kg

At the upper-right of the figure appear two Japanese characters that translate as "No. 15," implying that this piece originally was placed among 32 similar depictions in a grouping of 33 Kannon Bosatsu stones. Buddhist thought maintains that Kannon Bosatsu has 33 manifestations, which belief is visually rendered in the stone medium in the form of 33 separately sculpted Kannon depictions. Groupings of 33 Kannon Bosatsu are extremely uncommon.