Juichimen Kannon (Ekadasamukha, Eleven-faced Kannon)
|Period||Nara period, 8th century|
|Materials and techniques||Wood|
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.