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Buddhist Art: Heian - Muromachi period

"Buddhist Art: Heian - Muromachi period"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 3  August 9, 2016 (Tue) - September 19, 2016 (Mon)

  
Jizo Bosatsu (Ksitigarbha) (detail), Nanbokucho period, 14th 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:
Seated Amida Nyorai (Amitabha), Kamakura period, 12th-13th century (Lent by Ganshoji, Shizuoka)
Descent of Amitabha with Divine Attendants,
Kamakura period, 14th century
Jizo Bosatsu (Ksitigarbha) and Enma (Yama),
Kamakura period, 14th century (Private collection)
Iwashimizu Hachiman Shrine Mandala,
Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo)
Plaque with Hairline Engraving of Zao Gongen,
Excavated from Kinpusen, Tenkawa-mura, Yoshino-gun, Nara, Heian period, dated 1001 (National Treasure, Lent by Nishiarai daishi Soujiji, Tokyo)
Illustrated Scroll of Legends about Jizo Bosatsu (Ksitigarbha),
Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Myogi Jinja, Gunma)
Sanbo ekotoba (Illustrated tales of the three Buddhist jewels), Vol. 1,
Kamakura period, dated 1273 (National Treasure)
Hoke kyo (Lotus Sutra), Kunoji Version, Kanji bon chapter,
Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure, Lent by Tesshuji, Shizuoka)
Set of Five Ritual Bells,
Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Son'eiji, Shizuoka)