Important Cultural Property

Standing Sho-kannon Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara)


Period Nara period, 8th century
Materials and techniques Sandalwood with gold
Size Overall H.102.8 Figure H.89.2


This statue, holding a lotus bud in the left hand and wearing a crown decorated with a central statuette of Nyorai, is the standard form of Kannon Bosatsu known as Shō Kannon. It is carved from one block of sandalwood, from the crown to the pedestal. The influence of the sculpture style of Tang dynasty China is evident on the firm body of the statue and the skillful carving of robes and jewelry. This statue is said to have been once treasured at Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei, Kyoto.

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