The goddess Kannon riding a carp
Height - 30 cm
Material - presumably bronze
Age - presumably the Edo period
KANNON BODHISATTVA, KANNON BOSATSU, LORD OF COMPASSION, GODDESS OF MERCY
Comes in Many Forms, Many Manifestations. Represented in Artwork as Male or Female. Assists People in Distress in Earthly Realm and in all Six Realms of Karmic Rebirth.
One of Asia's and Japan's most beloved deities. Kannon worship remains non-denominational and widespread.
ORIGIN: India. Kannon personifies compassion and is one of the most widely worshipped divinities in Asia and Japan in both ancient and modern times. Kannon's origins are unclear, but most scholars agree that Kannon worship began in India around the 1st or 2nd century AD and then spread to Southeast Asia, China, Korea, and most other Asian nations. Veneration of Kannon in Japan began in the late 6th century, soon after Buddhism reached Japan by way of Korea and China. In Japan, Kannon's paradise is known as Fudarakusen. It is commonly said to be located at the southern tip of India (which supports theories of Kannon's Indian origin). Many Kannon statues from Japan's Asuka Era (538 to 710) are still extant. Originally male in form, Kannon is now often portrayed as female in China, Japan, and other East Asian countries. Each of these nations dressed Kannon in different forms to suit their own temperaments and spiritual concepts.