Credit LinePurchased with bequest of Edith Trimble Zinn in memory of her husband, Commander Ralph Theodore Zinn
Shinto Deity. 10th century. zelkova wood. Purchased with bequest of Edith Trimble Zinn in memory of her husband, Commander Ralph Theodore Zinn. 1980.95.
Dimensionsheight: 33.5 in, 85.0900 cm; width: 19 in, 48.2600 cm; depth: 15 in, 38.1000 cm
DepartmentArts of Asia
CollectionArts of Asia
This object is currently on view
Shinto Deity Japan 900s, Heian period Zelkova wood Bequest of Edith Trimble Zinn in memory of her husband, Commander Ralph Theodore Zinn 1980.95 One of the oldest and largest Shinto sculptures outside of Japan, this male deity is carved from a single tree trunk and preserves its original girth without attachments or joinery. Shinto art is sometimes called an “invisible art” because its images and sacred objects were intentionally concealed in shrines, where they were worshiped unseen by devotees.
Known ProvenanceApproximately 1966-1980, Joe Brotherton [d. 2012], Twenty Masterpieces Inc, San Francisco CA; 1980, DAM collection, museum purchase.