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The Rise of Buddhism: Asuka - Nara period

"The Rise of Buddhism: Asuka - Nara period"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 1  September 18, 2013 (Wed) - October 27, 2013 (Sun)

  
Standing Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara), Excavated at Mount Nachi Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama, Asuka period, 7th century (Gift of Mr. Kitamata Tomeshiro and others)

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 Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara), Excavated at Mount Nachi Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama, Asuka period, 7th century (Gift of Mr. Kitamata Tomeshiro and others)
Bussetsu Miroku Jobutsu Kyo (Descent of Maitreya Sutra), Nara period, dated 730
Ritual objects used in consecration of building site of Main Hall, Kohfukuji, Excavated from under the building site of Main Hall, Kohfukuji, Nara, Nara period, 8th century (National Treasure)
Eight Nested Bowls, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)

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