Juichimen Kannon (Ekadasamukha, Eleven-faced Kannon)


Period Nara period, 8th century
Materials and techniques Wood
Size Overall H.54.2


In the Heian period, as Buddhism enjoyed an increasing number of believers, more and more statues of the eleven-headed Kannon were carved out. This statue was made from a single block of wood. The precision work of the merciful and furious expressions on the eleven small faces on the crown and the expression of the sturdy body of this statue are characteristics of the Buddhist wood sculpture of the early Heian period.

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