Shōtoku Taishi at Sixteen

Shōtoku Taishi at Sixteen

聖徳太子孝養像及び二王子像

early 1300s

Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.278

Location

Exhibition

Rinpa (琳派) (Japanese gallery rotation)

Did you know?

One name for Shōtoku is "Prince Stable Door."

Description

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.

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