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The Arts of Buddhism | 8th–16th century

"The Arts of Buddhism | 8th–16th century"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 3  February 4, 2020 (Tue) - March 15, 2020 (Sun)

  
Heart Sutra of the Divine Incantation of Amoghapāśa (detail), By Saionji Kinhira, Kamakura period, 1306 (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 Buddha Entering Nirvana, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)
The Twelfth of the Sixteen Arhats,
Kamakura period, 13th–14th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Tenshinji Temple, Tokyo)
The Bodhisattva Kōshō (Priest Eizon),
Kamakura period, 14th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Shitsusenji Temple, Tokyo)
Volume 3 of The Illustrated Biography of Priest Shinran, Nanbokuchō period, 14th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Shōganji Temple, Chiba)
Sutra on Women Attaining Buddhahood,
Heian period, 12th century
Heart Sutra of the Divine Incantation of Amoghapāśa,
By Saionji Kinhira, Kamakura period, 1306 (Important Cultural Property)