User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Shô Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion

Start collecting


Originally owned by Kongorin-ji, Shiga Prefecture; by 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Shô Kannon bosatsu zazô

Japanese, Kamakura period, dated 1269

Catalogue Raisonné

Kajima Volume 1: Chapter 2, pg. 39: no. 38


Overall (Height of figure): 50.3 cm (19 13/16 in.) Overall (Height to hairline): 38.2 cm (15 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilt bronze; cast from piece molds