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Shinto Deity in the Guise of the Monk Hyeja

A work made of magnolia wood with traces of pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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


11th/early 12th century



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.


On View, Gallery 103


Arts of Asia


Shinto Deity in the Guise of the Monk Hyeja


Japan (Object made in)

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Magnolia wood with traces of pigment


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

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Kate S. Buckingham Endowment

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