Jul 29, 2014

Youth as a Stand-in Monju

Youth as a Stand-in Monju


c. 1767

Suzuki Harunobu 鈴木春信

(Japanese, 1724-1770)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 29.2 x 21.7 cm (11 1/2 x 8 9/16 in.)

Bequest of Edward L. Whittemore 1930.177



In this image, a handsome young man replaces the Buddhist figure Monju, a bodhisattva—or enlightened being—often shown riding a lion. Monju symbolizes wisdom and customarily holds a sword and a sacred text atop a lotus flower. The youth here meditates instead on his tobacco kit and a long pipe. The print was once paired with another, showing a young woman replacing Fugen, a bodhisattva who rides an elephant.

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Japanese Art
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