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Object Number: 29-96-338
Current Location: Japan Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Japan
Date Made: 18th Century - 19th Century
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1899
Height: 84cm
Width: 54cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904


Life-size painted and laquered figure of a seated patriarch or monk. The tradition of painted or sculpted portraits of famous religious teachers or monks was popular in Zen Buddhism. These portraits were substituted for the traditional Buddhist painting and sculpture which the Zen rejected. Painted and lacquered red, gold and white. Glass or mineral eyes. Teeth showing. Designed to sit in a chair: 29-96-339.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Lyons, Elizabeth, et al. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition. : Page/Fig./Plate: 9,13View Objects cited in this Publication

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