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Mandala of the Deer of Kasuga Shrine

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(?    )/不還本覺拾大悲/鹿島宮与里鹿尓天/春日野里越尋古/志昔乃心裳今古/曾波人尓始天知(礼?)怒禮 [賛]


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

Kasuga shika mandara zu

Japanese, Nanbokuchô period, 14th century

Catalogue Raisonné

Kajima Volume 1: Chapter 1, pg. 16: no. 79


119.9 x 41.9 cm (47 3/16 x 16 1/2 in.) (height x width)

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Medium or Technique

Panel; ink, color and gold on silk