Kodo Arts exhibits Goddess of Mercy statue collection | TheUnion.com

Kodo Arts exhibits Goddess of Mercy statue collection

Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques Warehouse is holding their annual fall warehouse show and sale featuring a collection of ceramic and bronze Goddess of Mercy statues (Kannon in Japanese) as well as a wide range of antique Japanese furniture, home decor, art, garden and textiles. Owners Jake and Yuko Costello are in their fourth year of bringing containers of Japanese antiques scoured from the auctions and markets around Kyoto. Opening their spacious warehouse to the public twice a year, in the spring and fall, they turn the warehouse into a cultural gallery of 18th, 19th and 20th century pieces.

This fall Kodo Arts has been particularly focused on Buddhist icons. The different styles and expressions of this Goddess of Mercy lend the atmosphere a serene tranquility as well as a symbol of compassion for all suffering. Many of the Kannon statues hold a lotus leaf which is a symbol in Buddhism of release and emergence from adversity. The lotus plant grows out of mud and reaches to the surface with huge green leafs and a pink or white lotus blossom. A temple pond in Japan can be full of such blossoms and is an exquisite site to behold. Other statues can have hands folded in ‘gashho’ or prayer or in open hand mudras.

Besides Kannon statues, Kodo Arts has many Buddhas, temple table, altars and bronze vases. Along with many furniture styles and home decor, art and textiles there is something for everyone that is unique and affordable. Handmade washi rice paper sheets for $2, scarfs for $15 and lovely ceramic Japanese plates for $20 will delight the eye and purse as well as higher range art, ceramic and bronzes.

It is a cultural event in an age from the past.

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