Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Seated figure, possibly a musician
ca. 1100, Heian period
Wood with traces of lacquer and gilding
H: 27 cm
The Jacob Pins Collection in the Israel Museum
Accession number: B01.0597
This graceful figurine, its hands delicately poised to hold a now-vanished musical instrument, was perhaps part of a celestial orchestra accompanying a Buddha figure. It reflects the refined taste of the Heian imperial court, which influenced every aspect of aristocratic life during the 11th century.

The Jacob Pins Collection: Japanese Prints, Paintings, and Sculptures, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1994

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir