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National Treasure Gallery: Sixteen Arhats: The Second and Fourteenth of the Sixteen Arhats

"National Treasure Gallery: Sixteen Arhats: The Second and Fourteenth of the Sixteen Arhats"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 2  March 10, 2020 (Tue) - April 5, 2020 (Sun)

  
Sixteen Arhats: Fourteenth Arhat (detail), Heian period, 11th century (National Treasure)

Arhats are holy men who have completed their Buddhist training. The sixteen arhats were purportedly entrusted by the Buddha to maintain the Buddhist Law and save living beings after his death. These exceptional paintings are the oldest extant images of arhats from this grouping. Their characteristics include forms that originated in Tang-dynasty China and an emphasis on the use of gentle colors favored by the Japanese nobility of the 11th century.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 2 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND National Treasure The Second of the Sixteen Arhats Heian period, 11th century A-10946-2
_MD_RECOMMEND National Treasure The Fourteenth of the Sixteen Arhats Heian period, 11th century A-11085-6
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