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miniature Benkei figure on a platform with a screen
  • Japan
  • miniature Benkei figure on a platform with a screen, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • plaster, wood, paper, plastic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: a) 5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: a) 1 15/16 x 1 3/8 x 1 in
    Object Height/Width: b) 5.5 x 11.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: b) 2 3/16 x 4 1/2 in
    Object Length/Width: c) 10 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: c) 3 15/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0162.a,b,c

A crouching male figure (2007.0162.a), identified as Saito Musashibo Benkei, made of painted plaster. He is wearing a black jacket, plaid sleeves and white wide legged pants, smattered with silver paint, and has long gray hair. He is also wearing a small black hat with a white chinstrap and he is holding an unrolled scroll. He stands on a black wooden platform (2007.0162.c) in front of a plastic screen (2007.0162.b). The base and back are black with a gold paper overlay. On the screen there is a red fan-shape with a tree and river, and two gold areas with white curlicues.

Identified as a souvenir from a play.