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The transfiguration of a lohan

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13th century, taken from China to Japan and deposited at the temple Jufukuji, Kamakura; transferred by the Hojo family to Soun-ji, Hakone; 1590, removed from Hakone by Toyotomi Hideyoshi (b. 1536 - d. 1598) and presented to the temple Hoko-ji, Kyoto. Late 16th century, became the property of the temple Daitoku-ji, Kyoto; 1895, sold by the temple Daitoku-ji to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 17, 1895) NOTE: This is one of ten Chinese paintings that were lent to the MFA in 1894 by the temple Daitoku-ji and sold in 1895 to raise funds for temple repairs. For more information on their provenance, see Wu Tung, "Tales from the land of dragons: 1000 years of Chinese painting" (Boston: MFA, 1997), pp. 160-161, cat. nos. 34-43.

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General Funds

Chinese, Southern Song dynasty, about 1178


Image: 112.5 x 52.8 cm (44 5/16 x 20 13/16 in.) Overall: 163.5 x 64.2 x 3.5 cm (64 3/8 x 25 1/4 x 1 3/8 in.)

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Ink and color on silk