First you may want to read this previous post illustrating my conviction that the old New York City fire call boxes bear a strong resemblance to Japanese Buddhist sculptures of Kannon, Goddess of Mercy. Pictured above, another similarity. The lotus dais upon which Kannon (this one a thousand-armed incarnation) sits. Senju-Kannon, Fujii-dera, Osaka, left. Fire box, Brooklyn, right.