This Japanese vintage Kutani celadon porcelain okimono or statue is made in the form of the Asian god Kannon, Guanyin, commonly known here as the Goddess of Mercy. She is the depiction of the Guanshiyin Bodhisattva. Kannon or 観音 is her name in Japan, and in each Eastern country, her name varies. She is commonly known in English as Goddess of Mercy, and in Christianity as the Virgin Mary. Okimono 置物 is a Japanese term meaning 'ornament for display or decorative object', and typically displayed in a tokonoma alcove or butsudan, a Buddhist altar in the home. This is a handmade artist piece which has been skillfully hand molded.
She was then hand-glazed and fired. She is seen here in her traditional Kannon kimono robe with the headress a little shorter than some of the tall ones. Her hands are together and eyes closed, head slightly tilted down, as if in prayer. The artist did a good job. The Kannon kimono gown is very beautiful in this celadon glaze. She is tall, almost ten inches. Her skin is glazed in a natural skin color and her face, hands and feet are beautiful. She has a very pretty face. She dates to the early 20th century per the seller either the late Meiji, Taisho or early Showa period. For her age, she is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. It is signed on the bottom with the Kutani name.
SIZE: Height 9.6 inches or 24.38 cm, Width 3.5 inches or 8.89 cm, Depth 3.9 inches or 9.90 cm.
Guanyin, Kannon and Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara
New forms of Kannon have emerged in modern Japan to deal with contemporary issues such as Alzheimers,dementia, and with caring for deceased pets. Additionally, in recent decades, many giant effigies of Kannon have been erected to pray for world peace and to honor war veterans for those who died in war. -3-
With an origin of India, her name Kannon In Japanese comes from the Chinese name Guanyin short for Guanshiyin, meaning 'The One Who Perceives the Sounds of the World', which is a beautiful name. She comes in Many Forms and manifestations.is represented in artwork as male or female. -1-
Guanyin is pronounced Kannon 観音. Of course there are many more names in other languages. In Chinese folk religion, there are mythical accounts about Guanyin's origins that are not associated with the Avalokiteśvara described in Buddhist sutras. Some Buddhist and Christian observers have commented on the similarity between Guanyin and the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is generally accepted among East Asian adherents that Guanyin originated as the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. Commonly known in English as the Mercy Goddess or Goddess of Mercy but often depicted as both male and female to show this figure's limitless transcendence beyond gender. Some Buddhist and Christian observers have commented on the similarity between Guanyin and the Blessed Virgin Mary. This can be attributed to the representation of Guanyin holding a child in Chinese art and sculpture. -2-
In addition to the 33 Forms of Kannon, this deity also comes in six salvific forms to save all sentient beings trapped in the Six Realms of Karmic Rebirth. In Japan’s Taizōkai Mandala, Kannon appears in esoteric forms in the Lotus Court, she is therefore often depicted holding a large lotus flower. One of Japan’s Seven Lucky Gods is also considered a manifestation of Kannon.
One of Asia’s and Japan’s most beloved deities. Kannon worship remains non-denominational and widespread. See more about the names and basic depiction in Wiki, and also extensive information on the Onmark website.
-1, 3- Japanese Buddhist Statuary, Onmark Productions -2-, Wikipedia
We have more Kutani and other maker's okimono, they are in different categories including Vintage Collectibles Decoratives in Japan, and others. The easiest way to see them all is to use the search word 'okimono' in the Center Top search field inside the store. We have several statues of this subject matter, as well as many other Kutani statues and Kutani items.
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