seated figure with purple, green, and gold robe over PL shoulder holds green jewel in PR hand, stroking it with PL hand; figure has large hoop earring, distended earlobe; exaggerated features, bald forehead; halo around figure; seated before tree with few green leaves and purple flowers; short figure with long fingernails and outstretched arms stands at seated figure's PL; chalice hanging from tree in front of Rakan

Arhat with wish-granting jewel and attendant, one of a pair, 1850

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Kazunobu, a recently re-evaluated painter of the famous Kanō school, received prestigious commissions from Buddhist temples and was honored by the Imperial Court in 1856 for his talent with the honorary title “Hokkyō” (Bridge of the Law). His work features Western techniques, such as foreshortening, along with traditional Buddhist motifs. His last commission for the Zōjōji Temple is his great masterpiece: 500 rakan depicted in 100 paintings. The set of 16 rakan to which these two examples belong is an important and rare precursor.

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Title
Arhat with wish-granting jewel and attendant, one of a pair
Artist Life
1816 - 1863
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.29.665.2
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seated figure with purple, green, and gold robe over PL shoulder holds green jewel in PR hand, stroking it with PL hand; figure has large hoop earring, distended earlobe; exaggerated features, bald forehead; halo around figure; seated before tree with few green leaves and purple flowers; short figure with long fingernails and outstretched arms stands at seated figure's PL; chalice hanging from tree in front of Rakan