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Iconographical Sketch (Zuzō) for the Benevolent Kings Sutra Mandala
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Item Details
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Culture
Japan, Heian period (794-1185)
Title
Iconographical Sketch (Zuzō) for the Benevolent Kings Sutra Mandala
Work Type
Painting
Date
1100s
Material
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Measurements
Image: 122.1 x 112.3 cm (48 1/16 x 44 3/16 in.); Overall: 203.2 x 137.1 cm (80 x 54 in.)
Description
The Benevolent Kings Sutra has been a highly valued Buddhist scripture in Japan since the Nara period (710–794), when it started to be recited in a ceremony to pray for the peace and protection of the country. In the 800s, the monk Kūkai brought back from China a new translation of the text as well as Buddhist iconographic sketches to perform the rituals based on the sutra. Five scroll sets of copies of the original sketches brought by Kūkai are preserved in Daigoji and Tōji temples in Kyoto. This sketch, which has figural depictions of deities on the front and deities symbolized by objects on the back, differs in some ways from each of those sets, and represents an alternate approach to creating a mandala based on the Benevolent Kings Sutra.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: ASIAN - Hanging scroll
Department: Japanese Art
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the Artstor Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1987.39_full.tif
SSID
24619053

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