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The Rise of Buddhism: Asuka - Nara period

"The Rise of Buddhism: Asuka - Nara period"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 1  July 18, 2012 (Wed) - August 26, 2012 (Sun)

  
Standing Bosatsu (Bodhisattva), Asuka period, 7th century

In the mid-6th century, Buddhism was officially introduced into Japan from the kingdom of Baekje on the southeastern coast of the Korean peninsula. Japanese culture made a remarkable progress with the adoption of Buddhism. This gallery features early Buddhist statues, sutras, reliquaries, and ritual implements from the Asuka and Nara periods.
Current exhibit includes:
Standing Bosatsu (Bodhisattva), Asuka period, 7th century
Vinaya in Four Divisions: Kaihon Section and Preface, Nara period, dated 768 (Gift of Mr. Hori Tatsu)
Darani-kyo Sutra from One Million Miniature Pagodas, Nara period, 8th century
Ritual objects used in consecration of building site of Main Hall, Kofuku-ji, Excavated from under the building site of Main Hall, Kofukuji, Nara, Tang dynasty, 8th century (National Treasure)
Ritual objects used in consecration of building site of Main Hall, Kofuku-ji, Excavated from under the building site of Main Hall, Kofukuji, Nara, Nara period, 8th century (National Treasure)
Reliquary, Excavated from former Mishima Temple site at Oda, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka, Nara period, 8th century (Gift of Mr. Ota Jisaburo and Mr. Hirano Sutejiro, Important Cultural Property)

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