Japan, Edo period (1615–1868)

Seated Priest


Lacquered wood with copper

Gift of Mary Weisinger


Carved with realism and psychological insight, this sculpture represents a person of great dignity. The elaborate inscription underneath the chair indicates the importance of the sitter and the artist: Donated to the founder and saint of this sect by the former chief priest of the Zo-o-So (temple), Sanenobu (donor) July, 4th year of Horeki (1754). Made by Mondo Fukuoka, who is a sculptor of Buddhist images in Kyoto. Although little is known of this sculptor, he was obviously a talented artist who received important commissions.

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