Sho Kannon


Momoyama period (1573 - 1615), About 1600

Sho Kannon is one of the six principal forms of Avalokitesvara, the Buddhist deity of Compassion. In this form, Kannon is thought to save chiefly those who hunger for spiritual knowledge. An inscription in the interior of this sculpture states that it originally came from the Saikyo-ji Temple at the base of Mt. Hiei near Kyoto.

  • Titles Sho Kannon (Proper)
  • Artist Japan
  • Medium bronze
  • Dimensions 17 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 11 in. (44.5 x 34.3 x 27.9 cm)
  • Credit Line Gift of Toyobi Far Eastern Art, Inc., 1990.250
  • Work Type sculpture
  • Classification Sculpture