Buddhist Paintings and Calligraphy

"Buddhist Paintings and Calligraphy"

Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 8  October 19, 2021 (Tue) - December 5, 2021 (Sun)

  
Certificate of Recognition
By Yuanwu Keqin, China, Northern Song dynasty, 1124 (National Treasure, Gift of Mr. Matsudaira Naoaki)

This year’s exhibition of masterpieces of Chinese painting and calligraphy focuses on Buddhist art. Copies of sutras, records about carving Buddhist sculptures, paintings with Buddhist subjects, and calligraphy by Chan (Zen) monks still captivate us through their detailed representations of religious doctrines and deep devotion of the artist. Calligraphy and paintings by Chinese Chan priests from the Song (960–1279) and Yuan (1271–1368) dynasties were introduced to Japan through exchanges between China and Japan, and were highly valued in the world of the tea ceremony.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 15 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND The White-Robed Bodhisattva Guanyin Inscription by Pingshi Rudi (1268–1357), China Yuan dynasty, 14th century TA-610 On exhibit through November 14, 2021
Important Cultural Property The Four Sleepers Inscriptions by Pingshi Rudi (1268–1357), Huaguo Ziwen (1269–1351) and Mengtang Tane (1285–1373), China Yuan dynasty, 14th century TA-315 On exhibit through November 14, 2021
_MD_RECOMMEND National Treasure Hanshan and Shide By Yin Tuoluo (dates unknown), China Yuan dynasty, 14th century TA-343 On exhibit through November 14, 2021
_MD_RECOMMEND National Treasure Imaginary Tour through Xiaoxiang By Li (dates unknown), China Southern Song dynasty, 12th century TA-161 On exhibit through November 14, 2021
_MD_EXPLANATION Important Cultural Property The Zen Monk Dongshan Crossing a Stream Attributed to Ma Yuan (dates unknown), China Southern Song dynasty, 13th century TA-138 On exhibit from November 16, 2021
National Treasure Landscape in the Snow Attributed to Liang Kai (dates unknown), China Southern Song–Yuan Dynasty, 13th–14th century TA-642 On exhibit from November 16, 2021
_MD_RECOMMEND National Treasure The Buddha Descending from the Mountain By Liang Kai (dates unknown), China Southern Song dynasty, 13th century TA-617 On exhibit from November 16, 2021
_MD_EXPLANATION National Treasure Landscape in Snow By Liang Kai (dates unknown), China Southern Song dynasty, 13th century TA-141 On exhibit from November 16, 2021
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property The Thousand-Armed Bodhisattva Guanyin Artist unknown, China Southern Song dynasty, 13th century Lent by Eihoji Temple, Gifu On exhibit from November 16, 2021
_MD_RECOMMEND National Treasure Certificate of Recognition By Yuanwu Keqin (1063–1135), China Northern Song dynasty, 1124 Gift of Mr. Matsudaira Naoaki, TB-1171
_MD_EXPLANATION National Treasure Letter to the Buddhist Layperson Wuxiang By Dahui Zonggao (1089–1163), China Southern Song dynasty, 12th century Gift of Mr. Matsudaira Naoaki, TB-1173 On exhibit through November 14, 2021
Important Cultural Property Calligraphy for the Plaque of a Zen Temple By Wuzhun Shifan (1177–1249), China Southern Song dynasty, 13th century Gift of Mr. Umehara Ryuzaburo, TB-1446 On exhibit through November 14, 2021
_MD_RECOMMEND National Treasure Calligraphy for the Plaque of a Zen Temple By Zhang Jizhi (1186–1266), China Southern Song dynasty, 13th century Lent by Tōfukuji, Kyoto
_MD_RECOMMEND National Treasure Letter to the Buddhist Priest Shōichi By Wuzhun Shifan (1177–1249), China Southern Song dynasty, 1242 Gift of Mr. Matsudaira Naoaki, TB-1174 On exhibit through November 14, 2021
_MD_RECOMMEND National Treasure Buddhist Sermons ("The Torn Xutang") By Xutang Zhiyu (1185–1269), China Southern Song dynasty, 13th century Gift of Mr. Matsudaira Naoaki, TB-1169 On exhibit through November 14, 2021
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