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Shōtoku Taishi at Sixteen


early 1300s
Image: 121.9 x 57.5 cm (48 x 22 5/8 in.); Overall: 207.3 x 83.2 cm (81 5/8 x 32 3/4 in.)
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One name for Shōtoku is "Prince Stable Door."


The 16-year-old prince regent Shōtoku Taishi, garbed in Buddhist vestments, bears an incense burner. He is flanked by two attendants; one carries religious texts in a box and the other holds a nyoi ceremonial Buddhist scepter. The two
are sometimes identified as Shōtoku’s younger brother, Prince Eguri, and eldest son, Prince Yamashiro. Shōtoku has come to pray for his father, Emperor Yōmei (reigned 585–87), who is ill and on the point of death. Upon a miraculous
recovery, the emperor accepted Buddhism.
Shōtoku Taishi at Sixteen

Shōtoku Taishi at Sixteen

early 1300s

Japan, Kamakura period (1185–1333)

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