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Sutras Buried in Sutra Mounds: Sutra Inscribed onto Clay, Stone, or Bronze

"Sutras Buried in Sutra Mounds: Sutra Inscribed onto Clay, Stone, or Bronze"

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

  
Tablet with Sutra Inscriptions, Found at Komachizuka Sutra Mound, Mie, Heian period, 1174 (Important Cultural Property)

Sutra mounds contain not only paper sutras, but also those inscribed onto clay, stone, or bronze tablets. These sutras have advantages over paper ones: they are less likely to decompose in the ground, and can be inscribed with text on all sides.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 3 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight Important Cultural Property Tablet with Sutra Inscriptions Found at Komachizuka Sutra Mound, Mie Heian period, 1174 J-36661
Highlight Important Art Object Bronze Tablet with Sutra Inscriptions Found at Chōanji Temple, Ōita Heian period, 1141 E-19821
Highlight Tablet with Sutra Inscriptions Found at Wakana Hachimangū Shrine, Fukuoka Heian period, 12th century Lent by Gankyōji Temple, Iwate