Accounting for Images of Six Kannon in Japan

Third Thursday Lectures
Thursday 19 Oct 2017 | 6 PM

Weston Room
Norwich Cathedral Hostry
Norwich NR1 4DH

Professor Sherry Fowler
University of Kansas

About the Lecture

Buddhists around the world celebrate the benefits of worshipping Kannon (Avalokiteśvara), a compassionate savior who is one of the most beloved in the Buddhist pantheon. When Kannon appears in multiple manifestations, the deity’s powers are believed to increase to even greater heights. This concept generated several cults throughout history: among the most significant is the cult of the Six Kannon, which began in Japan in the tenth century and remained prominent through the sixteenth century. In this ambitious work, Sherry Fowler examines the development of the Japanese Six Kannon cult, its sculptures and paintings, and its transition to the Thirty-three Kannon cult, which remains active to this day.

About the Speaker

Sherry Fowler specializes in Japanese Buddhist art. Her interests include pre-modern sculpture, Edo and Meiji period Japanese temple prints (keidaizu), pilgrimage prints (ofuda), foreign interactions with Japanese art, issues of collecting, and ritual. Her recent research projects focus on the development of the imagery of the cult of the Six Kannon in Japan and Buddhist prints in the pilgrimage process.

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About the Third Thursday Lecture Series

The Third Thursday Lectures hosted by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures are on a range of topics related to the art and culture of Japan. Talks begin at 6pm (50-minute lecture followed by refreshments). Speakers are all specialists in their field and the talks are intended to be accessible to those with no prior knowledge of Japanese history.

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The lecture will be held at the Weston Room, Cathedral Hostry, Norwich NR1 4DH.

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Future Third Thursday Lectures

16 November 2017 – Dr Laura Moretti, University of Cambridge
Recasting tradition: eighteenth-century Japanese picture-books by the Edo publisher Urokogataya

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