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National Treasure Gallery: Lotus Sutra, Vol. 1, Known as "Sensoji kyo"

"National Treasure Gallery: Lotus Sutra, Vol. 1, Known as "Sensoji kyo""

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 2  May 9, 2017 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (Sun)

  
Lotus Sutra, Vol. 1, Known as "Sensoji kyo" (detail), Heian period, 11th century (National Treasure, Lent by Sensoji, Tokyo)

This scroll is part of a decorative transcription of the Lotus Sutra. The transcription comprises ten volumes: eight containing the main text, as well as an opening and a closing. The name “Sensoji kyo” derives from Sensoji temple in Tokyo, where this transcription has been passed down through the ages. The neat, rounded characters were written by a single calligrapher across all volumes on the decorated paper, which was dyed brown with clove extract.

On Exhibit:
Lotus Sutra, Vol. 1, Known as "Sensoji kyo", Heian period, 11th century (National Treasure, Lent by Sensoji, Tokyo)