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Youth as a Stand-in Monju

Youth as a Stand-in Monju

c. 1767
(Japanese, 1724–1770)
Sheet: 29.2 x 21.7 cm (11 1/2 x 8 9/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Description

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.
  • (Yamanaka & Co., sold to Edward L. Whittemore)
    ?–1930
    Edward L. Whittemore [1862–1930], Cleveland, OH, bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    1930–
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Hollis, Howard C. "The Edward Loder Whittemore Collection of Japanese Prints." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 17, no. 4 (1930): 64-66. www.jstor.org
    Lee, Sherman E. A History of Far Eastern Art. New York: H.N. Abrams, 1964. Mentioned and Reproduced: pp. 487–488
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978. Reproduced: p. 389 archive.org
    Ukiyoe shūka 浮世絵聚花. Tōkyō: Shōgakkan, 1978-1985. Reproduced: colorplate 125
  • Japan's Floating World (Japanese art rotation) 235. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (April 8-October 9, 2022).
    Japanese Prints from the Museum Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 5-October 28, 1934).
  • {{cite web|title=Youth as a Stand-in Monju|url=false|author=Suzuki Harunobu|year=c. 1767|access-date=25 July 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1930.177