Zou

#2469

Burl wood elephant okimono
Edo period, 19th century
56 x 26 x 37(h) cm

Real elephants were almost unknown in Japan before the end of 19th century. However, Buddhists consider the white elephant as the holiest of beasts, and as the very embodiment of the soul of the Buddha. In Japanese art, Kan’non (AvalokiteĊ›vara) is often shown seated on an elephant which symbolizes the spiritual strength of the path to freedom (satori).

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