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A Japanese man reading on an Oxen

Last week for Kamie’s oddball challenge I posted this picture:


Kamie wondered what the back story was, so here is a very brief synopsis.  It is a bronze sculpture and it is of a man dressed in a traditional Japanese travelling costume, he is sitting on the back of an ox, and reads a book while he travels.

It depicts either the statesman and scholar Sugawara no Michizane (845-903) or the itinerant Buddhist priest and poet Botanka Shōhaku (1443-1527).  It is suggested that Takamura Kōun (1852-1934) is the sculptor.  The sculpture was donated to Dyffryn gardens by Grenville Morgan in 1951.





And here are a few other photos I have taken of this sculpture.