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Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon - Signed - Meiji

Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon

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Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon
Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon

Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon
Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon

Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon
Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon

Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon

Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon
Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon

Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon
Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon

Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon

Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon

Ivory & Inlaid Mother-of-Pearl Kannon

An antique Japanese ivory figure of Kannon, standing on a lotus base.

The deity is carved wearing elaborate and heavily jewelled headdress and gown, with further beads and ribbons adorning his body. His head has an inlaid mother-of-pearl roundel to the centre of his brow and a figure of Amida (called a Kebutsu) symbolizing Kannon’s role as Amida’s principal attendant, sits at his crown.

The deity holds a whisk (hossu) in their left hand and the right forms a welcoming mudra (Chūbon Chūshō).

Red lacquer tablet with artist's signature to underside.

Kannon is one of the most popular modern deities in Japan’s Pure Land (Jōdo) sects, but is also worshipped independently as a saviour par excellence by the Nichiren, Zen, Tendai and Shingon sects of Esoteric Buddhism.

The whisk (Hossu) symbolises overcoming ill fortune and obstacles. Primarily, it is used to whisk away insects thus ensuring the devotee does not slay or accidentally kill any life form. It therefore represents obedience to Buddhist law.

A super carving, nicely detailed with much symbolism.

Index finger tip missing to left hand

Measures:
5 1/4" ( 13.4 cm ) high



Item no; J250309-333
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