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Shinto Deity in the Guise of the Monk Hyeja

A work made of magnolia wood with traces of pigment.
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  • A work made of magnolia wood with traces of pigment.

Date:

11th/early 12th century

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

This figure is said to represent the seventh-century Korean monk Hyeja, the foremost spiritual teacher of the first great patron of Buddhism in Japan, Prince Shotoku (574-622). The sculpture is made in the ichiboku technique, utilizing only a single block of wood. Its dramatic power is enhanced by the natabori technique, in which the sculptor’s chisel marks are clearly visible on the surface.

Status

On View, Gallery 103

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Shinto Deity in the Guise of the Monk Hyeja

Place

Japan (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1001–1125

Medium

Magnolia wood with traces of pigment

Dimensions

H.: 97 cm (38 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment

Reference Number

2002.22

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