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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