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Portrait of a monk

Fin époque Muromachi, époque de Momoyama, 16e siècle

Musée des Confluences

Musée des Confluences
Lyon, France

In a subtle game of mutual interest, bonds between representatives of Buddhist schools and of the government have been woven and undone over time. Buddhism still permeates many aspects of Japanese society, from artistic practice to mental attitudes. Inside Japanese temples you frequently see portraits of the founders and effigies of the “patriarchs”. The obvious realism of their expression can only inspire admiration and respect in the faithful for these ascetics who have witnessed various changes in doctrine and asceticism.

Inside Japanese temples you frequently see portraits of the founders and effigies of the “patriarchs”. The obvious realism of their expression can only inspire admiration and respect in the faithful for these ascetics who have witnessed various changes in doctrine and asceticism.

Details

  • Title: Portrait of a monk
  • Date Created: Fin époque Muromachi, époque de Momoyama, 16e siècle
  • Location: Asia (Japan)
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 56 cm; L: 56 cm; D: 37 cm
  • Subject Keywords: extra-European ethnography, religion, Buddhism, monk, permanent exhibition
  • Type: sculpture
  • Rights: Musée des Confluences (Lyon, France) © Benoît Lapray
  • External Link: Learn more at the museum website
  • Medium: lacquered wood, polychrome wood, eyes in rock crystal

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