Kannon figure seated on lotus on rock, wave-like motif underneath; in the background is a large gold-bordered halo and cloud-like motif behind; upper half of composition a very deep indigo blue; green and gold mount with lucite roller

Shō-Kannon, first half 19th century

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Shō-Kannon represents the primary form of the bodhisattva of compassion. Seated on a lotus blossom, he holds a lotus bud in his left hand and his right hand forms a mudrā across his chest. Encircling Kannon’s head and torso is a moon-like halo set against a deep blue sky that recalls Kiitsu’s Moon and Waves, also in this exhibition. Kiitsu was part of the Rinpa school revival in Edo, which was led by his teacher, Sakai Hōitsu. Though the primary motifs of Rinpa painting are scenes from nature and classical literature, Kiitsu deftly applies the school’s graphic style to Buddhist iconography.

Details
Title
Shō-Kannon
Artist Life
1796 - 1858
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.31.33
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Kannon figure seated on lotus on rock, wave-like motif underneath; in the background is a large gold-bordered halo and cloud-like motif behind; upper half of composition a very deep indigo blue; green and gold mount with lucite roller