18th Century - 19th Century
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.
Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)
[Catalogue] Lyons, Elizabeth and Heather Peters, Chang Ch'eng-mei, Gregory Possehl. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition. : Page/Fig./Plate: 9,13
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