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Collection Online as of February 26, 2024

Zaō Gongen

Zaō Gongen

Location: not on view

Did You Know?

This votive mirror would have been hung in a temple or shrine.


Zaō Gongen is the deity of Mount Kinpu, in the Yoshino Mountains south of Nara. This fragment is from a votive mirror called a kakebotoke with metal fittings at the top through which a cord could be used to hang it.
  • ?-1986
    (Shunichi Yabumoto Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Turner, Evan H. “The Year in Review for 1986.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, vol. 74, no. 2, 1987, pp. 38–79. Reproduced: fig. 237, p. 50; Mentioned: p. 79
    “Art of Asia Acquired by North American Museums, 1987.” Archives of Asian Art, vol. 41, 1988, pp. 95–110. Reproduced: fig. 10, p. 98
    Vilbar, Sinéad, and Kevin Gray Carr. Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2019. Mentioned and reproduced: p. 186-187, no. 75
  • Year in Review for 1986. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 4-March 15, 1987).
    Japanese Gallery 235 Rotation - July 2017-January 2018. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (July 15, 2017-January 2, 2018).
    Shinto: Discovering the Divine in Japanese Art 神道-日本美術における神性の発見. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (April 9-June 30, 2019).
  • {{cite web|title=Zaō Gongen|url=false|author=|year=1100s|access-date=26 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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