Japanese sculpture by Unknown Artist

Life-size naturalistic sculpture of a seated man in priest's robes holding a jewel in both hands in his lap above the crossed legs.

Details

Medium:
Sugi wood (a kind of cedar)
Dimensions:
79 cm
Art Fund grant:
£375 ( Total: £1,200)
Acquired in:
1956
Vendor:
K J Hewett

Probably a portrait of a priest commemorated in his monastery as the Bodhisattva. Made in sections and morticed together then covered with gesso and painted lacquer. From the Kamakura period (1185-1392).

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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