In 1870 Shinto was declared the national religion of Japan. As a result, sculptors of Buddhist imagery fell on hard times. Many shifted their talents to carving decorative works that were not only popular at home, but also increasingly so with the large audiences that attended the various international expositions around the world. This covered box is the perfect example of this trade. One Hundred Faces displays both the virtuoso carving and the subtle sense of humor of this unknown craftsman.
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- Titles One Hundred Faces (Covered Box) (Descriptive)
- Artist Japan
- Medium ivory and pigment
- Dimensions 9 x 5 1/8 x 4 1/4 in. (22.9 x 13 x 10.8 cm)
- Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of Bayard Shields Tynes and Carolyn Dickinson Tynes, AFI.99.2008a-b
- Work Type box with cover
- Classification Containers
- On View