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Portable Feretory for the figure of the Bosatsu Senju Kannon
MNK VI-8148
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This portable Feretory for the Bosatsu Senju Kannon is made with a high degree of wood carving-technique, is covered with lacquer, has gilt interiors and contains the figure itself. The figure of the Eleven Headed Kannon is sculptured by using the tools delicately and smoothly and this gives an impression of soft refined work. However for believers it represents above all the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion.

History of the Object
Although in Feliks Jasieński’s collection of books, presently in the custody of the Cracow Museum, there are numerous auction catalogues among which are catalogues of the Barboutau, Bing, Burty, Gillot and Hayashi collections, it is impossible to associate them with specific works of the Jasieński collection on the basis of short descriptions of individual items.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
carved wood, lacquer, chased and gilded copper 
Measurements
Height 39.2 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 -19th Century 
Function
sacral artwork 
Acquisition
Donated by Feliks Jasieński (1861-1929) in 1920. Feliks Jasieński was a Polish collector, connoisseur, critic and music lover, and an outstanding personality. His interest in art and music, as well as his personal intellectual and social qualities, brought him close to the artistic elite of Paris, the capital of art. Feliks Jasieński donated about 15,000 art objects from the Far and Middle East, Poland and other European countries to the National Museum in Cracow. Japanese art was represented by approximately 6,500 items, including paintings, sculptures, fabrics, kimonos, obi sashes, lacquerware, ceramics, enamelware, bronzes, dyeing stencils, decorative art objects, arms and armours.  
Copyright
The National Museum in Cracow 
Acknowledgements
Beata Romanowicz, Curator of the Far Eastern Art Department, The National Museum in Cracow and Zofia Maria Alber (1924-1999), Former Head Curator of the Far Eastern Art Department, The National Museum in Cracow 
Owner
The National Museum in Cracow 
Museum
The National Museum in Krakow 
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