Shoami Katsuyoshi - Portable Shrine with Statuette of Kannon, about 1868-1899

Shoami Katsuyoshi (Tsuyama, 1832 - 1908, Kyoto)

Portable Shrine with Statuette of Kannon, about 1868-1899

Silver and gold, 4 cm (1 9/16 in.) height

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Object details

Accession number

M18e46.a-b

Provenance

Possibly in the collection of Prince Henry of Bourbon, Count of Bardi (1851-1905).
Gift from William John Gunn to Isabella Stewart Gardner, 20 December 1920.

Marks

Signed: Shoami Katsuyoshi
Incised (on doors): With benevolent eyes he looks at all living things, his blessing is like the sea immeasurable. [translation from Japanese]

Bibliography

Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 145. (as by Shoami Katsuyoshi (1835-1908); dated 19th century)
Alan Chong and Noriko Murai. Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2009), pp. 417-18 fig. 19, no. 13.


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