Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Goddess of Music and Good Fortune May 21, 2011 - December 31, 2011, Museum of Fine Arts - Boston

Benzaiten, the goddess of music and good fortune, has been revered in Japan from ancient times to the present. This exhibition explores the long-lasting popularity of the goddess in Japanese culture and the iconographical transformations of her image over 500 years. See her orthodox depiction as a beautiful musician with a lute, her appearance as an eight-armed Esoteric deity providing protection from calamities, and finally her current personage as a friendly, folk-religious icon. “The Goddess of Music and Good Fortune” features striking representations of the deity that demonstrate her enduring appeal.

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