Lotus Sutra, Vol. 1, Known as "Sensoji kyo" (detail), Heian period, 11th century (National Treasure, Lent by Sensoji, Tokyo)
Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 2
May 9, 2017 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (Sun)
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.
Lotus Sutra, Vol. 1, Known as "Sensoji kyo", Heian period, 11th century (National Treasure, Lent by Sensoji, Tokyo)