Buddha seated with legs folded and feet over knees; PR hand held in loose fist; PL hand open, gently cradling round object; fragments of white and green pigment; sits on flat base with pigment fragments

Hachiman in the Guise of a Buddhist Monk, 12th century

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Hachiman is a popular god from the Shinto religion. He is a protector of warriors, but he also regularly appears as a Buddhist monk, as he does here. Wearing priestly clothing and with a shaved head, this Shinto god even holds the wish-granting jewel of Buddhism in his left hand. Hachiman was often considered to be a manifestation of the Buddhist bodhisattva Kannon. As early as the 700s, he was called “Hachiman Dai-bosatsu,” or “Hachiman, the Great Bodhisattva.”

Exhibitions
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Title
Hachiman in the Guise of a Buddhist Monk
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.266a,b
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 565
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Buddha seated with legs folded and feet over knees; PR hand held in loose fist; PL hand open, gently cradling round object; fragments of white and green pigment; sits on flat base with pigment fragments