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Kannon (Avalokitesvara)
  • Japan
  • Kannon (Avalokitesvara), 1300s–late 1400s, Nambokuchō period (1337–1392) to Muromachi period (1338–1573)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • ink, color, cut gold leaf on silk
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 84.5 x 35.5 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 33 1/4 x 14 in
    Mount Dimensions: 170 x 50.5 cm
    Mount Dimensions: 66 7/8 x 19 7/8 in
    Roller Dimensions: 55 cm
    Roller Dimensions: 21 5/8 in
  • Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2000.0138
Label Text

Painted hanging scroll depicting a bodhisattva Kannon seated on a hexagonal lotus throne decorated with three lion heads. The Kannois backed by red flames, a ringed mandorla with a dark interior, in two distinct sections: around the head in green and a darker color (blue?) around the body. The crown contains a red robed Amida. Areas such athe crown, jewelry and some details of throne use an unidentified medium covered with gold pigment to give dimensionality. There are faint remains of blue and green in figured (Cloud swirls?) background. Petals of the throne are decorated in cut gold.