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    Bronze Bodhisattva of Compassion

    Kannon in Japanese. The identification is based on his holding a vase with a lotus and his crown and his jewelry which are common iconographic accessories associated with Kannon. Buddha's maleness suggests that the object is ancient as the male Buddha is an early form of iconography in Buddhist art. The majority of Japanese metalwork, dedicated to Buddhist figures, was generally done before the late 19th century. This piece could be done before the late 19th century. It might also be Korean, because the motif on his crown is a pagoda instead of an image of Buddha, which is the main element characterizing Kannon (Bodhisattva of Compassion) in the regions where Mahayana Buddhism (School of Greater Vehicle) is practiced.