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Figure of Bodhisattva of Compassion
MT-DW-294
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The sculpture represents a young man standing “en face” on a base of lotus flower design. The right hand hangs down, whereas the left hand from which hangs a lotus flower with small buds is bent at the elbow. Between his brows there is a sign of “urna”. The ears are long; hair modeled in a high topknot; there is a crown on his head. He wears a flowing robe which covers his arms, belly and legs. The sculpture characterizes high artistic level.

History of the Object
Buddhism developed in India in the sixth century BC and gradually spread throughout Asia. It first came to Japan during the Asuka period (522-645 AD) via Korea. Day after day there appeared more and more sculptures of Budda and Bodhisattva images. There was the especially popular Bodhisatva of Compassion, who sacrificed himself to save others and concentrate all his efforts to create good things. In Japan his name was Kannon. This type of sculpture appeared under the influence of Chinese sculpture, especially the image of Guanin. The earliest images of Kannon in Japan comes from circa 625. The two most common forms are the Senju Kannon (thousand-armed Kannon) and the Juichimen Kannon (Ekadasakamuhka) (Eleven-headed Kannon). The image of Torun’s Kannon recalls the posture and proportions of 8th century sculpture of the Nara period. It was supposedly destined for some temple.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
bronze 
Measurements
30 x 9 x 7, 5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century 
Function
Religious 
Acquisition
This object derives from a large collection of the famous Polish collector, Tadeusz Wierzejski (1892 – 1974) who handed down this sculpture to the museum in 1966. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
District Museum, Torun 
Museum
District Museum, Torun 
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