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Buddhist Paintings and Calligraphy

Buddhist Paintings and Calligraphy / Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 8   October 19, 2021 (Tue) - December 5, 2021 (Sun)

 Image of "Certificate of RecognitionBy Yuanwu Keqin, China, Northern Song dynasty, 1124 (National Treasure, Gift of Mr. Matsudaira Naoaki)" 
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 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.
The White-Robed Bodhisattva Guanyin, Inscription by Pingshi Rudi, China, Yuan dynasty, 14th century (On exhibit through November 14, 2021)
Hanshan and Shide, By Yin Tuoluo, China, Yuan dynasty, 14th century (National Treasure, On exhibit through November 14, 2021)
Imaginary Tour through Xiaoxiang, By Li, China, Southern Song dynasty, 12th century (National Treasure, On exhibit through November 14, 2021)
The Buddha Descending from the Mountain, By Liang Kai, China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century (National Treasure, On exhibit from November 16, 2021)
The Thousand-Armed Bodhisattva Guanyin, Artist unknown, China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Eihoji Temple, Gifu, On exhibit from November 16, 2021)
Certificate of Recognition, By Yuanwu Keqin, China, Northern Song dynasty, 1124 (National Treasure, Gift of Mr. Matsudaira Naoaki)
Calligraphy for the Plaque of a Zen Temple, By Zhang Jizhi, China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century (National Treasure, Lent by Tōfukuji, Kyoto)
Letter to the Buddhist Priest Shōichi, By Wuzhun Shifan, China, Southern Song dynasty, 1242 (National Treasure, Gift of Mr. Matsudaira Naoaki, On exhibit through November 14, 2021)
Buddhist Sermons (The Torn Xutang), By Xutang Zhiyu, China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century (National Treasure, Gift of Mr. Matsudaira Naoaki, On exhibit through November 14, 2021)
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