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Roen (“Aged Monkey”)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Aged Monkey was displayed at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair (a.k.a. World’s Columbian Exposition) and is considered a masterpiece of Meiji wood sculpture of monumental significance. It is an important Cultural Property.

History of the Object
Takamura Koun (1852-1934) was born in Asakusa and began training at the age of 12 under Takamura Toun, a renowned Edo sculptor of Buddhist statues. Under the latter’s tutelage, Koun mastered the craft of carving Buddhist sculptures and other traditional wood sculpting techniques. At the same time, he was impressed by the realism of western sculpture, which was introduced into Japan in the early Meiji Period. This influence led him to produce numerous works representing people and animals with a secular, new, and fresh approach to sculpture. Koun is also well known as the master who trained Yonehara Unkai, Hiragushi Denchu, and many other important modern sculptors.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Wood, 1 
Measurements
Height 90.9cm (including stand)  
Creator name
Takamura Koun 
Creator date
1852-1934 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; Meiji Period; 1893. 
Function
artwork 
Acquisition
It is the current policy of the Tokyo National Museum not to publish the acquisition history of its collection on the Internet. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
Tokyo National Museum 
Museum
Tokyo National Museum 
Credit line
Tokyo National Museum 

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