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Japanese Gilt Traveling Shrine of Senju Kannon, circa 1900



The simple exterior of even black lacquer that encases this Late 19th century Japanese traveling shrine belies the splendor within. The hinged doors open to reveal an intricately carved gilt figure of the bodhisattva Senju Kannon, or "Thousand-Armed Kannon." Described as the "Buddha of Infinite Compassion," Kannon is the embodiment of mercy and makes himself available to all who call upon him with all their mind. To aid the countless beings in need, the Buddha granted Kannon 1000 eyes with which to witness suffering and 1000 hands with which to relieve it. Senju Kannon is depicted here seated upon a lotus blossom, flanked by two attendants and surrounded by crashing waves. He holds his front arms in the gesture of perfection, revealing his enlightenment. His many arms each hold a ritual object, including the axe to cut away ignorance, the wheel of law to stop regression, and the sword to conquer evil spirits. Additional dimensions: With doors open: 6" W.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 3.5 in. (8.89 cm)Width: 2.75 in. (6.99 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
  • Style
    Meiji (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1900
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: CMK0961stDibs: LU820021412042

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Located in Chicago, IL

PAGODA RED is a renowned resource for designers as well as collectors of contemporary and ancient Chinese, Korean and Japanese art. They offer a curated edit of fine and provincial furniture, ceramics, scholars' objects, and paintings and textiles, each piece historically and geographically authentic.

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