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Buddhist Art: Heian - Muromachi period

"Buddhist Art: Heian - Muromachi period"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 3  April 25, 2017 (Tue) - May 28, 2017 (Sun)

  
Monju Bosatsu (Manjusri) (detail), Kamakura period, 14th century (Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)

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 Prince Shotoku, Kamakura period, 13th–14th century (Lent by Honshoji, Aichi)
Mandala of Hie Sanno Honjibutsu (Shinto gods as Buddhist deities), Kamakura period, 14th century)
Monju Bosatsu (Manjusri), Kamakura period, 14th century (Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)
Illustrated biography of priest Honen, Vol. 1, Kamakura period, dated 1323 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Joufukuji, Ibaraki)         
Surviving Scroll of Illustrated Legends about Shitennoji Temple, By Koremune Sueshige, Heian period, dated 1173 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Sanzen'in, Kyoto)
Succession of Priests and Their Biographies, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)