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Maker(s):Chobunsai Eishi (Hosoda)
Culture:Japanese (1756-1829)
Title:Benten seated on Baku
Date Made:late 19th century
Type:Painting
Materials:Hanging Scroll; ink and colors on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Frame: 57 in x 18 7/8 in x 3/4 in; 144.8 cm x 47.9 cm x 1.9 cm; Mount: 55 1/2 in x 17 1/2 in; 141 cm x 44.4 cm; Image: 35 in x 11 1/8 in; 88.9 cm x 28.3 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: recto, upp. r. (brush with black ink): [Japanese character, Chōbunsai Eishi hitsu]; SEAL: recto, upp. r. (square red seal): [Japanese (?), [ill.]]; LABEL: verso, upp. ctr.: Modern and Period Frames/ Unique Designs by Leon / Huntington Frame Co. / 108 HUNTINGTON AVENUE / CO. 7-4029 Boston 16, Mass.; LABEL: verso, lwr. l.: MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE ART MUSEUM / Lower Lake Road . South Hadley, MA 01075-1499 / 1991.4.10 / Japanese / Benten seated on Baku / Hanging Scroll / Framed: 56-1/2x18-3/4in. / Bequest of Helene Brosseau Black (Class of 1931).
Accession Number:  MH 1991.4.10
Credit Line:Bequest of Helene Brosseau Black (Class of 1931)

Description:
Woman in red seated on a white elephant. Japanese: Divinity of the Reasoning Faculty), in Japanese mythology, one of the Shichi-fuku-jin (Seven Gods of Luck), the Buddhist patron goddess of literature and music, of wealth, and of femininity. She is generally associated with the sea. Many of her shrines are located near it, and she is frequently depicted riding on, or accompanied by, a sea dragon. She is often shown playing the biwa, a kind of lute. A white elephant serves as her messenger.

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