Bato Kannon

Kanzeon-ji, Dazaifu

This fierce Bato manifestation, of the normally mild-mannered Kannon, seems appropriate for a temple dedicated to protection in war - although the statue was constructed long after Japan's Korean intervention. The enormous statue, 16' 9" tall, is the largest Bato Kannon in Japan. It is made of gilded wood, and dates from the Kamakura period. Note the horse-head on top, from which the Kannon gets its name.