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Kannon Mandala
© Epoch

1000: Kannon Mandala

This is Avalokitêsvara, the Buddha of eleven faces and 1,000 hands. Somehow, the original character is a Tibetan god, but by the time he reached China, he had become female, with the name Guanyin, which became Kannon in Japanese. Though often known as the "Goddess of Mercy," strictly she is not a goddess, but a Bodhisattva, an incarnation of the Buddha.

In the detail below you can see half a dozen or so of her hands: the white circle around her consists of most of the remaining one thousand packed into a tight fan.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11039 (11-039 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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