Hanging scroll; ink, color, and woodblock print on paper
Image: 13 1/4 x 6 7/8 in. (33.7 x 17.5 cm)
Overall: 22 1/2 x 10 7/8 in. (57.2 x 27.6 cm)
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Not on view
The image of Thirteen Buddhist Deities was hung for memorials for the deceased held at fixed intervals over the days and years after death. Originally, a series of paintings depicting the deities individually was used, but this image combines them into one icon that could be employed repeatedly by less affluent families. The deities’ halos and mandorlas are woodblock printed with the same block, while a limited number of different blocks were used to give a measure of variety to the faces. The same block, for example, used for the head of the bodhisattva Jizō (Sanskrit: Kshitigarbha) was used for that of the King of Brightness, Fudō (Sanskrit: Achala) such that the latter loses his typically fierce countenance.
Cleveland Museum of Art. "Folk Traditions in Japanese Art," September 19, 1978–October 29, 1978.
New York. Japan Society Gallery. "Folk Traditions in Japanese Art," November 14, 1978–January 7, 1979.
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. "Folk Traditions in Japanese Art," January 26, 1979–March 11, 1979.
New York. Japan Society Gallery. "Otsu-e: Japanese Folk Paintings from the Helen and Edson Spencer Collection," November 16, 1994–January 8, 1995.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Five Thousand Years of Japanese Art: Treasures from the Packard Collection," December 17, 2009–June 10, 2010.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," February 1, 2014–September 7, 2014.