Shinto Deity

Shinto Deity

10th century
Country
Japan
figure
zelkova wood
Purchased with bequest of Edith Trimble Zinn in memory of her husband, Commander Ralph Theodore Zinn
1980.95
. Shinto Deity. 10th century. zelkova wood. Purchased with bequest of Edith Trimble Zinn in memory of her husband, Commander Ralph Theodore Zinn. 1980.95.
Dimensions
height: 33.5 in, 85.0900 cm; width: 19 in, 48.2600 cm; depth: 15 in, 38.1000 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian
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 Provenance
Approximately 1966-1980, Joe Brotherton [d. 2012], Twenty Masterpieces Inc, San Francisco CA; 1980, DAM collection, museum purchase.