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Seated Figure of Ikko

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Object Details

Culture

Japanese

Medium

Carved wood, gesso, pigment

Dimensions

18 1/4 x 17 3/8 x 13 1/2 inches (46.4 x 44.1 x 34.3 cm)

Credit Line

Acquired through the Friends of the Museum Purchase Fund

Object
Number

89.019

Ikko is one of the major disciples of Kobodaishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism in the Heian perio(…)

Ikko is one of the major disciples of Kobodaishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism in the Heian period. He is often portrayed as holding his hands together within his sleeves. This Muromachi portrait is of particular interest in its naturalistic rendition of details, such as the lively eyes and tightly closed thin lips, perhaps to imply his spiritual devotion to Buddhism.

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