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Buddhist Art: Heian–Muromachi period

"Buddhist Art: Heian–Muromachi period"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 3  August 27, 2019 (Tue) - September 29, 2019 (Sun)

  
Volume 4 of the Golden Light Sutra (One of the “Eyeless Sutras”) (detail), Kamakura period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)

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 a Buddha, Nanbokucho period, 14th century
Portrait of Wife of Takeda Nobutora, By Takeda Nobukado, Muromachi period, dated 1553 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Chozenji Temple, Yamanashi)
Volume 6 of the Illustrated Handscrolls of Selected Stories of a Virtuous Priest, Kamakura period, dated 1323 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Jofukuji Temple, Ibaraki)
Volumes 2 and 4 of the Golden Light Sutra (One of the “Eyeless Sutras”), Kamakura period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)
Volume 4 of the Golden Light Sutra (One of the “Eyeless Sutras”), Kamakura period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)
Head of a Monk’s Staff, Heian period, dated 1142 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Tesshuji Temple, Shizuoka)
Head of a Monk’s Staff, Found on Mount Dainichi, Toyama, Heian period, 11th century (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)