In Japan, the native Shinto gods are thought to have universal counterparts among the imported Buddhist deities. Here, five Buddhist gods are shown reflected in a mirror carried on the back of a deer, the messenger of the Shinto gods who live at the Kasuga shrine shown in the mountains, mist and cherry blossoms.
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- Titles Kasuga Shika Mandala (Proper)
- Artist Japan / Signature of, Rokkaku Juakusi, Japanese, 1348? - 1424
- Medium ink, color, and gold on silk
- Dimensions 40 x 15 in. (101.6 x 38.1 cm)
- Credit Line Museum purchase with funds provided by Dr. and Mrs. Austen L. Bennett III, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. S. Wilson, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Mears, Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Lemak, and Dr. Richard H. Cord, by exchange, 1993.15
- Work Type hanging scroll
- Classification Paintings
- Inscription Signed on back: Rokkaku Jakusai hitsu (painted by Rokkaku Jakusai) [may or may not be authentic]
- Provenance Vendor's aunt, purchased in the 1920s when she was a missionary in Japan; by descent to Elizabeth R. Popejoy, Huntsville, AL; purchase in 1993 by the Birmingham Museum of Art