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Buddhist Art: Heian–Muromachi period

"Buddhist Art: Heian–Muromachi period"

Honkan Room 3  March 12, 2019 (Tue) - April 21, 2019 (Sun)

Aji Mandala (detail), Nanbokucho period, 14th century (Gift of Mr. Okazaki Masaya)

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:
Attendant Bodhisattva on a Cloud, Formerly passed down at Byodoin temple, Kyoto, Heian period, dated 1053 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by the Agency for Cultural Affairs)
Butsugen Mandala, Kamakura period, 13th century, Important Cultural Property, Lent by Honsenji, Tokyo
Illustrated Biography of Prince Shotoku, Nanbokucho period, 14th century (Private collection)
Prince Shotoku Preaching on Shoman gyo (Lion's Roar of Queen Srimala Sutra), Kamakura period, 14th century (Important Art Object, Lent Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART)
Illustrated Biography of Priest Honen, Vol. 5, Kamakura period, dated 1323 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Joufukuji, Ibaraki)
Surviving Scroll of Illustrated Legends of Shitennoji Temple, By Koremune Sueshige, Heian period, dated 1173 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Sanzen'in, Kyoto)

List of Exhibits 1results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
The Deity Hachiman in the Form of a Priest Kamakura period, 14th century Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo