Dragon King

Date:

11th/early 12th century

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

The Dragon King, originally an Indian Hindu god, was gradually incorporated into the Buddhist pantheon. Veneration of this deity, who rules the seas, spread with Buddhism from India to China and, via Korea, to Japan; there the Dragon King was transformed into a Shinto god.

This figure and that of the monk Hyeja originally belonged to a group of 12 Shinto deities (kami) believed to have come from the Izumo district on the north coast of the island of Honshu. At least 10 of these sculptures are in American and Canadian collections. The group is believed to represent Shotoku Taishi, his family, and his advisors.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 103

Title

Dragon King

Origin

Japan

Date

1001–1150

Medium

Wood with traces of pigment

Dimensions

H. 102.2 cm (40 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Allerton

Reference Number

1957.242

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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