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National Treasure Gallery: Gaki zoshi (Scroll of hungry ghosts)

"National Treasure Gallery: Gaki zoshi (Scroll of hungry ghosts)"

Honkan Room 2  July 9, 2019 (Tue) - August 4, 2019 (Sun)

  
Gaki zoshi (Scroll of hungry ghosts) (detail), Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure)

Buddhism teaches that after a person dies, he or she is reborn as one of the following: a god, human, demigod, animal, hungry ghost, or being who suffers in hell. The works on display show the suffering found in the realms of animals and fierce demigods (asura). They are from the oldest set of paintings depicting these realms, which were kept at Shojuraigoji Temple near Kyoto. People hoped to escape from these realms through rebirth in a paradise called the Pure Land, where salvation and enlightenment is guaranteed.

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Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND National Treasure Scroll of Hungry Ghosts Heian period, 12th century A-10476