Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokiteśvara)


Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokiteśvara)

Sculpture / Nara

Nara period, 8th century

Bronze repousse

H 22.9, W 5.4, D 0.3; H 22.9, W 5.3, D 0.3


This cast bronze statue of Kannon with the large transformed Buddha (kebutsu) atop its head is a valuable example of repoussé Buddhas that were used to ornament the interior walls of temple halls. When repoussé images were produced, a bronze plate was laid atop of the matrix and the image was hammered out with a mallet.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.137, no.161.

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