Tuesday, March 22, 2005

A close up of one of the statues. Although I've no idea who this is supposed to be - has anyone got any ideas?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe from the look of it that this is a statue of Kannon-bosatsu, known originally in Sanskrit as Avalokiteshvara, in Tibetan as Chenrezig, and, penultimately (from native language to Japanese) as Kuan Yin/Guan Yin in Chinese. Originally depicted as a male, in China and Japan often a kind of hermaphrodite, this is the bodhisattva of compassion. There are many depictions of bodhisattvas with multiple arms, but Kannon is by far the most common.

9:21 am  
Blogger Lewis said...

Brilliant, thanks for that!

7:24 pm  

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