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Iconographic Drawing of Bishamonten, the Guardian of the North

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Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Bishamonten zuzo

Japanese, Period not determined, date not determined

Catalogue Raisonné

Kajima Volume 1: Chapter 1, pg. 32: no. 259

Dimensions

51.6 x 26.1 cm (20 5/16 x 10 1/4 in.) (height x width)

Accession Number

11.6247

Medium or Technique

Unmounted painting; ink on paper

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings