Nyoirin Kannon

MAKER:
Artist

Unknown

CULTURE:
Japanese
DATE:
c. 1630
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General Description

The bodhisattva Nyoirin Kannon was very popular in Japan, as he could make people rich and prosperous in several of his incarnations. He is named for the nyoi hoju—wish-fulfilling jewels, also called the cintamani—and the Wheel of Dharma (Buddhist law), which he holds in two of his six hands. The six hands symbolize the six realms of rebirth, over which the deity presides.

Excerpt from

  • Anne Bromberg, Label text, 2016.