Juichimen Kannon (एकादशमुख अवलोकितेश्वर - Ekādaśamukha Avalokiteśvara) Japan ca. 1350
The eleven heads represent the boddhisattva’s ability to see the suffering in all corners of the universe and respond with compassion.
This sculpture was originally housed in a small temple northwest of Kyoto and is now featured in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Photograph by Dilip Goswami.