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Portrait of the Zen Master Hotto Kokushi (left shoe)

Portrait of the Zen Master Hotto Kokushi (left shoe)

c. 1286

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Wood with hemp cloth, black lacquer, and iron clamps

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1970.67.d

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Two famous sculptural portraits of this monk, one at the temple Ankokuji in Hiroshima, and another at the temple Kōkokuji in Wakayama, are dated to 1275 and 1286, respectively.

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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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