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Iconographic Scroll of Various Deities

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Originally owned by Kôzan-ji, Kyoto [see note 1]. By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 2]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] This painting has the seal of the temple and was kept in their library from at least the thirteenth century. [2] 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

Japanese, Heian-Kamakura period, 12th century

Catalogue Raisonné

Kajima Volume 1: Chapter 1, pg. 6: no. 10


29.4 x 938.3 cm (11 9/16 x 369 7/16 in.) (height x width)

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Medium or Technique

Handscroll; ink on paper