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Buddhist Art: Heian–Muromachi period

"Buddhist Art: Heian–Muromachi period"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 3  November 14, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

  
Confucius (detail), Muromachi period, 15th 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:
Standing Monju Bosatsu (Manjusri), Kamakura period, dated 1269 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Chuguji, Nara)
Benzaiten (Sarasvati) and Fifteen Attendants,
Muromachi period, 15th century
Confucius,
Muromachi period, 15th century
Standing Monju Bosatsu (Manjusri),
Kamakura period, dated 1269 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Chuguji, Nara)
Fragment of Object from Inside a Statue of Monju Bosatsu (Manjusri),
Kamakura period, dated 1269 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Chuguji, Nara)
Illustrated Biography of Priest Honen, Vol. 19,
Muromachi period, 15th century (Important Cultural Property, Okunoin at Taimadera, Nara)
Miniature Clay Pagodas,
Provenance unknown, Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Muraoka Isaburo)
Lotus Sutra, Vol. 1, With characters in pagoda shapes,
Passed down at Anrakujuin, Kyoto, Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Tanaka Shinbi)