This Chinese Vintage Yixing Clay Unglazed Water Pot Kannon on Dragon was purchased from one of our dealers in Japan. it is about 30 years old. It represents Kannon or the Goddess of Mercy riding a dragon. 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. A water pot is used for replenishing the tea at a tea ceremony, or pouring water to clean the utensils. According to my friend and dealer, "This water pot is very unique. Water is poured from the hole on the bottom. After pouring water, the pot is placed in the right direction (The bottom is on the down side). But water dose NOT spill out from the hole. It's a magic pot". It is handmade by slip cast method and glazed in brown, it is very beautiful. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips.
Size: Height 6.5 inches or 16.5 cm. Width 6.7 inches or 17 cm, Depth 3.2 inches or 8.2 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
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