Prince Shôtoku At Age Two (Shôtoku Taishi Nisaizô)
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
99.1979.1
Title
Prince Shôtoku at Age Two (Shôtoku Taishi Nisaizô)
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Shôtoku Taishi Nisaizô
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
figure, sculpture
Date
Kamakura period, datable to circa 1292
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Period
Kamakura period, 1185-1333
Culture
Japanese
Location
Level 2, Room 2740, Buddhist Art, The Efflorescence of East Asian and Buddhist Art
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Japanese cypress, assembled woodblock construction with polychromy and rock-crystal inlaid eyes
Dimensions
H. 67.9 x W. 24.8 x D. 22.9 cm (26 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 9 in.)
Provenance
[Yamanaka & Co., Japan] sold; to Ellery Sedgwick, Boston, 1936, by descent; to Walter C. Sedgwick, Woodside, CA (by 1979), promised gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1979.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Promised gift of Walter C. Sedgwick in memory of Ellery Sedgwick Sr. and Ellery Sedgwick Jr.
Object Number
99.1979.1
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Publication History

John M. Rosenfield, The Sedgwick Statue of the Infant Shotoku Taishi, Archives of Asian Art (1968-1969), Vol. XXII / pp. 56-79, Fig. 1 / p. 57

Pratapaditya Pal and Julia Meech, Buddhist Book Illuminations, Ravi Kumar (New York, 1988), p. 270, fig. 107

Anne Nishimura Morse and Samuel Crowell Morse, Object as Insight: Japanese Buddhist Art & Ritual, exh. cat., Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah, NY, 1995), pp. 88-89, cat. 33

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), pp.46-47

Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2006-7 (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 11, repr.

Francesca Herndon-Consagra, Reflections of the Buddha, exh. cat., Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, MO, 2011-2012), p. III (color plate); p. 10, fig. 2; p. 40, no. 1, p. 48 (installation image, detail)

Exhibition History

Later Chinese and Japanese Figure Painting in Decorative Arts, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/22/1992 - 06/07/1992

Paragons of Wisdom and Virtue: East Asian Figure Painting, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/15/1997 - 09/21/1997

Reflections of the Buddha, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, 09/09/2011 - 03/10/2012

32Q: 2740 Buddhist II, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/01/2014 - 06/02/2016

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