Portrait of a Zen Master


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 228

Sculpted portraits were frequently venerated in the residential quarters of Zen temples. There, the works provided a physical reminder of the deceased founder and his teachings. The identity of the man who sat for this sculpture remains unknown, but the intensity of his presence is achieved by the artist’s use of realism in the face. The body, with its heavy robes flowing over the chair, is more conventionalized.

On view for rotations 1 and 2

#8860. Portrait of a Zen Master

Portrait of a Zen Master, Lacquer on wood with inlaid crystal, Japan

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