Tenjin is the deified form of Sugawara no Michizane (845-903), a brilliant court official and scholar who was wrongly accused and sent into exile where he died. His spirit was later pardoned by the emperor and finally worshipped as the Shinto god of wisdom, Tenjin. Today, thousands of Japanese students pray to his spirit before taking their annual school exams.
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- Titles Tenjin (Proper)
- Artist Konoe Nobutada, Japan, 1565 - 1614
- Medium ink and color on paper
- Dimensions 37 x 14 3/8 in. (94 x 36.5 cm)
- Credit Line Gift of Dr. Kurt A. Gitter and Alice Rae Yelen in honor of Dr. Donald Wood and the opening of the new Asian Galleries at the Birmingham Museum of Art in 1993, 1993.9
- Work Type hanging scroll
- Classification Paintings
- Inscription Box has name of the painting and the artist.
- Provenance Dr. Kurt A. Gitter and Alice Rae Yelen, New Orleans, LA; 1993 gift to the Birmingham Museum of Art