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Buddhist Art: Heian–Muromachi period

"Buddhist Art: Heian–Muromachi period"

Honkan Room 3  July 17, 2019 (Wed) - August 25, 2019 (Sun)

  
The Ten Kings of Hell: Enmao (detail), Muromachi period, 15th 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:
The Descent of the Buddha Amida , Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Zenrinji, Kyoto)
The Bodhisattva Jizo, Kamakura period, 14th century
The Enmaten Mandala, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)
The Ten Kings of Hell: Enmao, Muromachi period, 15th century
Illustrated Handscroll of the Miracles of the Bodhisattva Jizo, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Myogi Shrine, Gunma)
Great Tang Records on the Western Regions (Chusonji Temple Sutra), Vol. 1, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)
Kei Gong, Lotus pond design, Excavated at Kinpusen, Tenkawa-mura, Yoshino-gun, Nara, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)