Kiln: Satsuma Hotoda
Title: Kannon Zo
Date: Early 20th century
Dimensions: (D) 11.2 (H) 47.5 (W) 15 cm
Condition: Wear consistent with age and use. Some gilt loss.
A satsuma sculpture of Kannon with kinrande palette from the Satsuma Hotoda kiln.
The calming presence of this statue converges with its subject matter of Kannon, the goddess of compassion and mercy. The opaque cream of the material is particularly fitting for the heavenly entity represented. On the creamy surface, chrysanthemums, phoenixes and cloud motifs decorate her regal wear, the faintly crackled glaze accentuating the entire textural feel of the piece. The dark blue overglaze dominating the centre of the robe exaggerates the natural shadow of her hand, providing depth to the work. A figure of utmost serenity, the expression of movement through the draping robes is delicate and gentle. In her right hand is a peach shaped jewel, a symbol of enlightenment according to depictions of her by the Hōjū Buddhist sect.