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A male figure is sitting sideways, his face looking toward the front right. He wears a long black cap, a red under-kimono, a grayish-color jacket with geometric patterns, and right gray color pantaloons. He holds a fan, which is peeking from the right sleeve. The painting is accompanied by calligraphy on the right side of the figure. The painting is mounted on gold brocade with strips of purple and gold brocade on top and bottom of the painting.
Madenokôji Fujifusa
Thirty-six Immortal Poets: Taira no Kanemori
15th century
ink and color | paper, Handscroll section mounted as a hanging scroll
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1962/1.103
Circular tsuba, made of iron. It has two holes in the middle. There are two openwork motifs of mushrooms on the lower left. Rusts on some parts of the piece.
Japanese
Tsuba (sword guard) with mushroom design
16th century
iron
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1966/1.100
Japanese
Standing Priest
13th century
wood with trace of polychrome decoration
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
1964/2.84
Japanese
Head of a Buddha, probably a 'kebutsu' (Buddha in a transformation body) from the crown of an Eleven-headed Avalokitesvara
13th century
gilt wood
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
1973/2.38
The sword is long and slightly curved; the metal smith's name is engraved on the metal handle.
Kagemitsu
Sword (13th century) and scabbard (18th century) with design of samurai writing a poem under cherry tree
1299 - 1301
forged steel blade with wooden handle and scabbard
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic R. Smith
1973/2.85
This 6-fold screen is a depiction of the Battle of Genji and Heike. In samurai armor, the Heike forces approach by ship from the left, while Genji forces rush to the shore on horseback and on foot—drawing the viewer’s attention to the center of the screens, where their confrontation will finally take place. The Heike forces can be identified by the red banners on their ships, while the Genji clan carries white banners.
Japanese
Battle of the Genji and Heike Forces
1573 - 1650
ink and color | paper, 6-fold screen
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1964/2.64
Japanese
Dragon head (finial for a staff or a piece of ceremonial furniture)
1200 - 1332
polychrome | wood
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1969/2.20
An excerpt from the Lotus Sutra (Japanese: Myōhō Renge Kyō), this sutra uses gold pigment on indigo dyed paper.
Japanese
Sutra Fragment, Calligraphy in Block Script
1100 - 1299
gold and silver ink | indigo-dyed paper
Gift of Ellen and Richard Laing
2006/2.26
Japanese
Sutra Fragment, Calligraphy in Block Script
1100 - 1299
ink | paper
Gift of Ellen and Richard Laing
2006/2.31
Japanese
Tsuba (Sword guard)
16th century
iron
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1966/1.98
Japanese
Tsuba (Sword guard)
15th century
iron
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1966/1.99
This icon painting depicts the bodhisattva Monju seated cross-legged on lotus on top of a lion. The figure holds a vajra sword, and is dressed in flowing robes with golden jewelry. Two circular mandorlas surround the figure. 
Japanese
Bodhisattva Mañjusri (J. Monju Bosatsu), seated on a lion
15th century
ink, color and gold | silk, hanging scroll
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1954/1.207

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