slightly smaller than life-size sculpture of standing figure with elongated earlobes wearing a crown and garment with draping elements on sleeves and skirts, standing on a small rounded platform, holding a flower bouquet in PL hand; sculpture made up of small vertical pieces of corrugated cardboard with brightly-colored pigments on PL and PR faces; top of bouquet is removable; thin yellow ring at upper back of figure's interior

© Yuji Honbori

Eleven-headed Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva (Jūichimen Kannon), 2012

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Yūji Honbori, a trained sculptor, has always been interested in using discarded materials. In 2004 he began experimenting with cardboard boxes from his local grocery store and became fascinated with the delicate, see-through quality of cardboard as viewed through the corrugation. He realized that this could suggest Buddhist notions of impermanence and ephemerality. For the last few years, he has been producing life-size works in cardboard based on famous old sculptures found at Japanese Buddhist temples. This sculpture depicts Eleven-headed Avalokiteshvara, an important bodhisattva in the Esoteric schools of Buddhism, that has 11 heads atop its own—10 bodhisattvas and one buddha that represent the 10 stages of enlightenment preceding eventual buddhahood. It is based on a well-known sculpture made in the 700s, now owned by the temple Shōrinji.

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Title
Eleven-headed Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva (Jūichimen Kannon)
Artist Life
born 1958
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2012.32a,b
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slightly smaller than life-size sculpture of standing figure with elongated earlobes wearing a crown and garment with draping elements on sleeves and skirts, standing on a small rounded platform, holding a flower bouquet in PL hand; sculpture made up of small vertical pieces of corrugated cardboard with brightly-colored pigments on PL and PR faces; top of bouquet is removable; thin yellow ring at upper back of figure's interior

© Yuji Honbori

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