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Buddhist Art: Heian - Muromachi period

"Buddhist Art: Heian - Muromachi period"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 3  March 22, 2017 (Wed) - April 23, 2017 (Sun)

  
Juntei Kannon (Cundi) (detail), Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Tanaka Shinbi,Important Cultural Property)

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 Juni Shinsho (Twelve Heavenly Generals): Bishin (Who protects the direction of the sheep), Formerly owned by Joruriji temple, Kyoto, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)
Juntei Kannon (Cundi), Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Tanaka Shinbi,Important Cultural Property)
Sixteen Arhats: Sixth Arhat, Kamakura period, 14th century (Lent by Reiunji, Tokyo, Important Cultural Property)
Sixteen Arhats: Second Arhat, Kamakura period, 14th century (Lent by Guhoji, Chiba, Important Art Object)
Illustrated Biography of Priest Shinran, Vol. 1, Nanbokucho period, dated 1344 (Lent by Shoganji, Chiba, Important Cultural Property)
Diary of the Monk Sonkai's Overseas Travel, By Sonkai, Muromachi period, dated 1539(Lent by Daiganji, Hiroshima, Important Cultural Property)
Record of the Monk Xuanzang's Journey to India, Vol. 4, From the Chusonji Kyo, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)
Flower Basket, Hosoge floral arabesque design in openwork, Heian period, 12th century (Lent by Jinshoji, Shiga, National Treasure)
Flower Basket, Hosoge floral arabesque design in openwork, Nanbokucho period, 14th century (Lent by Jinshoji, Shiga, National Treasure)

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