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大将軍像
Daishōgun

Period:
Heian period (794–1185)
Date:
11th–12th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
H. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.216.4
Not on view
Daishōgun (Great General) was a popular guardian spirit stationed at vulnerable locations in the capital of Kyoto, such as the northeast, where special shrines were established according to Onmyodō, or Chinese concepts of the yin-yang order of the universe. The deep and simple modeling of a single block of wood suggests a product of the later Heian period. Traces of the original finish on the face and torso reveal that the figure was once bearded, red-faced, and clothed in Japanese-style armor over a patterned garment.
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