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National Treasure Gallery: Kokuzo Bosatsu (Akasagarbha)

"National Treasure Gallery: Kokuzo Bosatsu (Akasagarbha)"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 2  October 2, 2018 (Tue) - October 28, 2018 (Sun)

Kokuzo Bosatsu (Akasagarbha)(detail), Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure)

The word "kokuzo" refers to the deity's infinite wisdom and benevolence, as vast and boundless as infinite space. In Japan, Kokuzo Bosatsu, primarily an Esoteric Buddhist deity, was worshipped extensively from the 8th century, during the Nara period, through to the Edo period, which lasted until the mid-19th century. It was believed that praying before this deity would enable devotees to attain wisdom and better memory. Largely characterized by a graceful composition and subtle use of colors, with great emphasis on silver, this work is the oldest extant image of Kokuzo Bosatsu, and also the most accomplished.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 1 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight National Treasure Kokuzo Bosatsu (Akasagarbha) Heian period, 12th century A-10498