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Buddhist Art: Heian–Muromachi period

"Buddhist Art: Heian–Muromachi period"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 3  April 24, 2018 (Tue) - May 27, 2018 (Sun)

Fugen Bosatsu (Samantabhadra) and Ten Rasetsunyo (Raksasi) (detail), Kamakura period, 14th 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 periods.

Current exhibit includes:
Fugen Bosatsu (Samantabhadra) and Ten Rasetsunyo (Raksasi), Kamakura period, 14th century
Portrait of Priestess Myonen, Inscription by Nichijo dated 1564, Muromachi period, 16th century (Important Art Object)
The Origins of Inabado Temple and Its Statue of Yakushi, Kamakura period, dated 1323 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Joufukuji, Ibaraki)
Lotus Sutra, Funbestu kudoku hon chapter, Kamakura period, dated 1253 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Hogonji, Shiga)
Lotus Sutra, Vol. 4, Known as the "Sensoji kyo", Heian period, 11th century (National Treasure, Lent by Senso-ji, Tokyo)

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