Ichiyö Kannon: Kannon on a Lotus Leaf

Ichiyö Kannon: Kannon on a Lotus Leaf

Object Title:

Ichiyö Kannon: Kannon on a Lotus Leaf

Date:

1400 s c.

Artist:

Anonymous

Publisher:

N/A

Medium:

Woodblock print Technique: Woodblock print; ink on paper

Credit Line:

Gift of James A. Michener, 1991 (24600)

Object Number:

24600

Description:

This woodblock print depicts Kannon Bodhisattva (Sk. Avalokiteshvara) floating on a lotus leaf. According to tradition, the inscription at the top of the print was composed by the thirteenth-century Zen monk Dögen during his return to Japan from China. When Dögen’s ship ran into a storm, the priest began chanting the Kannon Sütra, whereupon the bodhisattva appeared floating on a lotus leaf. The storm then subsided, and Dögen’s ship made its way safely back to Japan. When he arrived, he made a print of the image of Kannon he had seen, along with the eulogy that appears at the top of the print. (from Pathway exhibition 1/29/08-)