One of the twelve generals of Yakushi Buddha, with strong remains of original pigments. Original wood stand

Divine General, late 12th century-early 13th century

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This amusingly rigid figure represents one of the Twelve Divine Generals (Jūni Shinshō) who attend and protect Yakushi, the Buddha of Healing. From the eleventh century on, the generals became associated with the twelve animals of the Asian zodiac. Although difficult to identify, the animal here may be a dog, as one seems to be poking its head from the warrior's curious, bag-like cap. Based on an inscription on the underside of the figure, it is attributed to Joga, an artist associated with the famous Kei school active in Nara during Japan's Kamakura period (1185-1333).

Details
Title
Divine General
Role
Artist
Dimension
29 in. (73.66 cm)
Accession Number
62.22
Curator Approved

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One of the twelve generals of Yakushi Buddha, with strong remains of original pigments. Original wood stand