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Divine General: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This amusingly rigid figure represents one of the Twelve Divine Generals (Juni Shisho) who attend and protect Yakushi, the Buddha of Healing. From the eleventh century on, the generals became associated with the twelve animals of the Asian zodiac. Although difficult to identify, the animal here may be a dog, as one seems to be poking its head from the warrior's curious, bag-like cap. Based on an inscription on the underside of the figure, it is attributed to Joga, an artist associated with the famous Kei school active in Nara during Japan's Kamakura period (1185-1333).
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 13, 2009