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Tiles with Images of Buddhist Deities

"Tiles with Images of Buddhist Deities"

Heiseikan Japanese Archaeology Gallery  September 22, 2021 (Wed) - March 21, 2022 (Mon)

  
Clay Relief Tile with an Image of a Buddha Triad, Found at Minami-Hokkeji Temple, Nara, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)

Some ancient clay tiles feature images of Buddhist deities such as buddhas and bodhisattvas rendered in relief. To make these kind of tiles, a piece of clay was pressed against a wooden mold, dried, fired, and coated with paint or lacquer, or decorated with gold leaf or pigment. These tiles are believed to have decorated temple walls.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 3 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Clay Relief Tile with an Image of a Buddha Triad Found at Tachibanadera Temple, Nara Asuka period, 7th century C-1119
Highlight Important Cultural Property Clay Relief Tile with an Image of a Buddha Triad Found at Minami-Hokkeji Temple, Nara Asuka period, 7th century J-35634
Highlight Important Art Object Clay Relief Tile with an Image of a Buddhist Deity Found at Kariyado Temple (nonextant), Fukushima Asuka period, 7th century Gift of Mr. Katori Hozuma, J-34796