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Buddhist Art: Heian - Muromachi period

"Buddhist Art: Heian - Muromachi period"

Honkan Room 3  June 5, 2012 (Tue) - July 16, 2012 (Mon)

  
Buddhist Ritual Bell with Five-Pronged Vajra Handle Eight Sanskrit characters design, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)

Buddhist art is one of the major genres that define Japanese art. Many masterworks date from the late Heian period, a time characterized as classical in Japanese art history. After the Kamakura period, Buddhist art further developed in its materials, methods, and styles as Zen schools and other new Buddhist schools emerged, together with the influence from the Chinese arts. This exhibit features artworks from the Heian to Kamakura periods, when Buddhist art most flourished, adding siginificant objects from the Nanbokucho and Muromachi periods.

Current exhibit includes:
Seated Jie-daishi, By Renmyo, Kamakura period, dated 1286 (Lent by Kongorin-ji, Shiga, Important Cultural Property)
Amitabha tahtagata, Kamakura period, 14th century (Lent by Iwaki Municipality, Fukushima, Important Cultural Property)
Sixteen Arhats: Third Arhat, Kamakura period, 14th century (Important Cultural Property)
Mahavairocana Sutra (J.,Daibirushana Jobutsu Jinpen Kaji Kyo), Kamakura period, 13th century (Gift of Mr. Sahoyama Shin'en)
Hokyoindarani-kyo Sutra (Dharani), Heian period, 12th century (Lent by Kongoji, Osaka, Important Cultural Property)
Buddhist Ritual Bell with Five-Pronged Vajra Handle Eight Sanskrit characters design, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)