standing wooden figure with shallowly carved draping robes with small tie at waist; peaceful expression on face; long earlobes and squared hat; figure is missing entire PR arm; PL arm is missing below the elbow, but it is apparent arm is bent forward at elbow

Bonten, the Creator, late 10th century

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This Buddhist guardian figure, which could be a depiction of Bonten (the Hindu deity Brahma), stands at attention, wearing a suit of armor and a robe with a shawl. His hair is tied in a topknot. Although now missing both arms and ravaged by insects, this guardian dates from around 950 to 1000, when Buddhist sculptors turned away from the forceful and menacing figures of an earlier style of Buddhist sculpture in favor of a gentler demeanor such as this. Use of the ichiboku technique, whereby the main body of the sculpture was carved from a single block of wood, also points to this date.

Exhibitions
Details
Title
Bonten, the Creator
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.261
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 558
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standing wooden figure with shallowly carved draping robes with small tie at waist; peaceful expression on face; long earlobes and squared hat; figure is missing entire PR arm; PL arm is missing below the elbow, but it is apparent arm is bent forward at elbow