Shô Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion

Provenance

Originally owned by Kongorin-ji, Shiga Prefecture; by 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)



NOTES:

[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Shô Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion

  • Shô Kannon bosatsu zazô
  • 聖観音菩薩坐像 一躯
  • Japanese, Kamakura period, dated 1269
  • Saichi, Japanese, dates unknown
Dimensions
Overall (Height of figure): 50.3 cm (19 13/16 in.) Overall (Height to hairline): 38.2 cm (15 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gilt bronze; cast from piece molds
Classification
Sculpture
Type
Bronze sculpture
Catalogue Raisonné
Kajima Volume 1: Chapter 2, pg. 39: no. 38
Accession Number
11.11447
On view
Japan: Buddhist Art - 278B

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