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Iconographic Drawing of a Mandala for Invoking Rain

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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

Shoukyo mandara zuzo

Japanese, Muromachi period, 15th century

Catalogue Raisonné

Kajima Volume 1: Chapter 1, pg. 23: no. 163


56.3 x 50.6 cm (22 3/16 x 19 15/16 in.) (height x width)

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Medium or Technique

Unmounted painting; ink on paper