Japan, Nambokucho period (1333-1392) to Muromachi period (1392-1573)
hanging scroll; ink, color and gold on silk, Image: 95.5 x 39 cm (37 9/16 x 15 5/16 in.); Mounted: 184.1 x 63.8 cm (72 1/2 x 25 1/16 in.). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1988.19
Riding on a rolling cloud, a spotted deer wears a brightly colored saddle. The saddle supports a branch of the evergreen Sakaki tree, trailing wisteria vines that cradle a large golden mirror. Within the mirror sit the five Buddhist manifestations (honjibutsu) of the deities (kami) of the Kasuga Grand Shrine in Nara. The presence of the deerâ€”the vehicle of the deity Takemikazuchi no Mikoto of the first of the five halls of the shrineâ€”and the characteristics of the mountain range at the top of the painting make clear the association with the sacred site of Kasuga. The painting was likely created for an individualâ€™s personal devotions to the Kasuga deities
Chiba, Japan. Chiba City Museum of Art. October 1-November 1996. "The Legacy of Japanese Art" cat. no. 34, p. 51.
Main Asian Rotation (Gallery 237); May 29, 2013 - December 23, 2013
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