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Object Number:
29-96-335
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Japanese
Buddhist
Provenience:
Japan
Date Made:
Nara Period - 19th Century
Early Date:
645
Late Date:
1899
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Wood
Glue
Pigment
Glass
Technique:
Yosegi Zukuri
Glued
Painted
Nailed
Iconography:
Komokuten?
Shitenno
Description:
Carved wood painted standing guardian figure of Shitenno, one of the four guardian kings, possibly Komokuten, Guardian King of the West. Wears armor. Face has ferocious look with wide open mouth and glass inlaid eyes. Figure is leaning forward with right hand lowered and slightly behind figure. If this figure is Komokuten he would have held scroll in the left and a brush in the right both of which are now broken off. Left hand inaccurately attached. It is currently to the front and bent at elbow with hand up. Figure stands on an Oni, a dwarf-like figure representing evil, with bulging eyes, large round nose, big mouth with buck teeth and black curly hair. Oni wears ankle and wrist bands.
Height:
101.5cm
Width:
56cm
Credit Line:
Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Collection of Japanese Buddhist Art (1899)
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Bibliography:

[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1904. Monograph of the Buddhist Temple in the Free Museum of Science and Art, University of Pennsylvania. 1-47. : Page/Fig./Plate: 7
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