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Splendid Reproductions of The Sutras Donated by the Heike Clan by Tanaka Shinbi: The Masuda and Ōkura Versions

Splendid Reproductions of The Sutras Donated by the Heike Clan by Tanaka Shinbi: The Masuda and Ōkura Versions / Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 15   October 22, 2019 (Tue) - December 8, 2019 (Sun)

  
Copy of Chapter 27 of the Lotus Sutra, One of the Sutras Donated by the Heike Clan (Masuda Version) (detail), Copied by Tanaka Shinbi, Taishō–Shōwa era, 20th century (Original: National Treasure, preserved at Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima)

In 1164, the powerful head of the Heike samurai clan, Taira no Kiyomori (1118–1181), donated extravagant manuscripts of the Lotus Sutra, Amida Sutra, and Heart Sutra to Itsukushima Shrine (now Miyajima Island, Hiroshima Prefecture).

These scriptures in thirty-three scrolls became known as The Sutras Donated by the Heike Clan and were reproduced between 1920 and 1925 by the art historian Tanaka Shinbi (1875–1975).

In this special thematic exhibition, we are displaying parts of Tanaka’s reproductions, which were named after the figures who appreciated and owned them: The Masuda and Ōkura Versions.

 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
Copy of Chapter 27 of the Lotus Sutra, One of the Sutras Donated by the Heike Clan (Masuda Version), Copied by Tanaka Shinbi (Original: National Treasure, preserved at Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima), Taishō–Shōwa era, 20th century (original: Heian period, 1164)
Copy of Chapter 27 of the Lotus Sutra, One of the Sutras Donated by the Heike Clan (Ōkura Version), Copied by Tanaka Shinbi (Original: National Treasure, preserved at Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima), Taishō–Shōwa era, 20th century (original: Heian period, 1164) (Lent by THE OKURA MUSEUM OF ART)