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Bishamoten, the Guardian of the North

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By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Bishamonten ryuzo

Japanese, late Heian period, late 11th century–12th century

Catalogue Raisonné

Kajima Volume 1: Chapter 2, pg. 37: no. 26


Height of figure: 169 cm (66 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Japanese cypress with polycrome and gold; joined woodblock construction