Important Cultural PropertyAvalokitesvara (Kannon Bosatsu), gilt bronze round metal plate

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  • 1 piece
  • Gold-plated bronze
  • Plate D45.5, statue H21.0
  • Kamakura period/Kenji 1 (1275)
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • E-19920

For this kakebotoke (a hanging-type disc with a Buddha image), a gilt bronze panel is pasted on a wooden board and a narrow band is put around the rim. There is a border line near the rim that divides the entire space into inner and outer sections. In the center of the inner section, a copper-cast, gold-plated Sho Kannon (holy Kannon) is seated on a lotus pedestal. Behind the image is a ship-shaped halo with arabesque openwork while above the head is a canopy in the shape of an eight-petal lotus with hanging decorations. A pair of vases is placed on each side of the Kannon image. Although a kakebotoke is a three-dimensional representation or development of a mirror image that was popular in the Heian period, the increased addition of accessories other than the image of a deity like this one is a characteristic of kakebotoke of the late Kamakura period to the Muromachi period. This one is an early example of such a style. The following inscription is written in sumi ink on the back of the panel:

「奉懸 観世音菩薩御正体/右志者為現世安穏後世善処/寺中繁昌山内泰平乃至/法界衆生平等利益也/建治元年五月十五日/信心大法主僧祐慶/敬白」