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One of the Legion of Twenty-eight (Nijūhachi busshū)

One of the Legion of Twenty-eight (Nijūhachi busshū)

12th century

Wood with traces of color

Overall: 100 cm (39 3/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1954.373

Description

The simple carving technique seen in this figure is often used for sculptures of Shinto deities (kami), but his hairstyle, adornments, and garments identify him as a deity from the heavenly realm of Buddhism. He belongs to a large group that represents the 28 heavenly beings who protect and serve the bodhisattva Kannon in his thousand-armed manifestation.

See also
Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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