Mirror with the Thousand-Armed Bodhisattva Kannon

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Mirror with the Thousand-Armed Bodhisattva Kannon

metalwork / Heian

Heian period, 12th century

Cast bronze with hairline engraving

径24.2

1面

Inscriptions:墨書「御正躰/千手観音」 ; 墨書「御正躰/重五拾六匁 圣八寸一分/千手観世音菩薩蹴彫/女躰 上宮の文字を線刻す/藤原時代末之作/秀真誌」「秀真」(朱文方印)

Important Art Object

An artisan engraved flowing lines into the bronze to depict a Buddhist deity. Two holes at the top suggest this mirror was hung up for worship.

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