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The Rise of Buddhism: Asuka–Nara period

"The Rise of Buddhism: Asuka–Nara period"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 1  July 11, 2017 (Tue) - August 20, 2017 (Sun)

  
Kengu kyo Sutra, Known as "Ojomu" (detail), Attributed to Emperor Shomu, Nara period, 8th century (National Treasure)

In the mid-6th century, Buddhism was officially introduced into Japan from the kingdom of Baekje on the southeastern coast of the Korean peninsula. Japanese culture made a remarkable progress with the adoption of Buddhism. This gallery features early Buddhist statues, sutras, reliquaries, and ritual implements from the Asuka and Nara periods.

Current exhibit includes:
Standing Yakushi Nyorai (Bhaisajyaguru), Excavated from Mount Nachi, Nachikatsura-cho, Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama, Asuka–Nara period, 7–8th century (Gift of Mr. Kitamata Tomeshiro and others)
Kengu kyo Sutra, Known as "Ojomu", Attributed to Emperor Shomu, Nara period, 8th century (National Treasure)