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Figure of a Monk
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Figure of a Monk

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The inscription under the base of this figure states that it was made for (or perhaps by) Monkan in the year 1347. It likely represents a Shingon priest of this name who lived from 1278-1357 and excelled in the painting of Buddhist subjects. The sculpture's small scale, fine detail, and formal composition suggest that it ws made as a personal devotional object for use at temple feasts and other ritualized functions. It is carved from a single piece of Japanese cedar.
Provenance Bunkio Matsuki Sale, Amemrican Art Association, New York, February 8 - 10, 1906, no. 284; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1906, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Shamon Monkan; [Dedication] Shamon Monkan; [Date] Shohei ni (1347)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1906

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1347 (Muromachi)
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8 11/16 x 6 9/16 in. (22 x 16.6 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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