Relief-sculpted sandstone Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu depicted in this bodhisattva's characteristic seated pose of royal ease. Dated to the opening year of the Kyoho Era (1716), mid-Edo Period. Very minor old loss, most notably to the tip of the nose, and overall softening of the lines and contours. Good lichen accumulation.
Height: 46.5 cm
Width of base: 22.6 cm
Depth of base: 17.2 cm.
One of Kannon Bosatsu's 33 manifestations, Nyoirin Kannon is the only deity in the Buddhist pantheon depicted in the seated pose of royal ease. Elegantly sculpted in relief from a brick-hued sandstone now patinated grayly with age, a notably atmospheric example of this most alluring of Buddhist deities.