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Buddhist Art: Heian - Muromachi period

"Buddhist Art: Heian - Muromachi period"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 11  November 26, 2014 (Wed) - February 22, 2015 (Sun)

  
Seated Yakushi Nyorai (Bhaisajyaguru), Nara period, 8th century

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:
Standing Kichijo Ten (Mahasri), Heian period, 11th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Taimadera, Nara)
Seated Amida Nyorai (Amitabha), Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Horyuji, Nara)
Standing Bishamon Ten (Vaisravana), Heian period, 9th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Dojoji, Wakayama)
Standing Komoku Ten (Virupaksa), Heian period, 9th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Shojoji, Fukushima)
Standing Juni Shinsho (Twelve Heavenly Generals), Kamakura period, 12th - 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Sogenji, Kanagawa)