This sculpture was originally made as a principal image to be mounted on a votive plaque of metal or wood (kakebotoke) that was hung from the eave near the Image Hall of a Buddhist temple. The frontal half of this image was cast as one piece with its arms cast separately. The arms were then attached to the body by means of a tongue-and-groove device. Sho Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion, forms the hand gesture of consolation (ani-in). He suspends the left hand below the waist with fingers in the gesture of holding a lotus, his symbolic implement, now lost.
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