Bronze with repoussé and etching
Diameter: 52.5 cm (20 11/16 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1985.16
Here the deity Kannon sits on a lotus flower, a symbol of purity and enlightenment.
Kakebotoke (literally “hanging Buddhist deities”) like this appeared from the latter part of the Heian period. They often hung on the doors of a Shinto shrine hall to indicate the Buddhist manifestation of the god, or kami, inside, or along the eaves of a Buddhist temple hall to indicate the Buddhist deity celebrated there.
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