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The Rise of Buddhism: Asuka - Nara period

"The Rise of Buddhism: Asuka - Nara period"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 1  September 21, 2016 (Wed) - October 30, 2016 (Sun)

  
Mondakatsuo kyo (Buddhist scripture) (detail), Nara period, dated 740

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:
Seated Bosatsu (Bodhisattva) with One Leg Pendent, Excavated from Mount Nachi, Nachikatsu'ura-cho, Wakayama, Asuka period, 7th century (Gift of Mr. Kitamata Tomeshiro and others)
Mondakatsuo kyo
Sutra, Nara period, dated 740
Gigaku Mask, Suiko-ju type,
Nara period, 8th century (Gift of Mr. Mitsui Takahiro)
Ritual Objects Used to Consecrate Site of Kohfukuji Temple,
Excavated from under altar of Main Hall at Kohfukuji, Nara, Nara period, 8th century (National Treasure)
Reliquary,
Excavated from former Mishima Temple site at Oda, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Ota Jisaburo and Mr. Hirano Sutejiro)
Sarira (Container for Buddhist relics),
Excavated from former Mishima Temple site at Oda, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Ota Jisaburo and Mr. Hirano Sutejiro)