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Portrait of Hottō Enmyō Kokushi

Portrait of Hottō Enmyō Kokushi


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Hinoki cypress wood with lacquer

Overall: 91.4 cm (36 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1970.67

Fun Fact

Three other sculptural portraits of this monk exist in Japan, each one documenting a different stage of his life. Cleveland's sculpture depicts him in old age.


Hottō Enmyō Kokushi, is a posthumous title bestowed upon the Zen Buddhist monk Shinchi Kakushin (1203–1298) by the emperor Go-Daigo. The title means “perfectly awakened national teacher of the Dharma lamp.” Considered a fine example of “Kamakura realism,” while downplaying detail in the body, the sculpture emphasizes fidelity in representing the visage of Kakushin.

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Japanese Art
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