Friday, April 5, 2019

Treasures of Esoteric Buddhism on Show in Tokyo Exhibition

The Yomiuri Shimbun; The statue of standing figure “Gozanze Myoo,” a designated national treasure, is displayed at the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park, Tokyo, on Tuesday.
A special exhibition of national treasures featuring Toji temple’s sculpture mandala associated with the priest Kukai started Tuesday at the Tokyo National Museum in Tokyo. The sculpture mandala is a three-dimensional representation of the pantheon of Shingon Buddhism and comprises 21 Buddha statues arranged in the lecture hall of the temple in Kyoto. It is based on the ideas of Kukai, who brought Shingon esoteric teachings from China to Japan in the Heian period (late eighth century to late 12th century). The Ryokai (Two Realms) Mandala, a national treasure, will also be displayed at the exhibition from April 23 through May 6. [More]
Seated Bodhisattva with one leg pendent.; H. 28.6.Asuka or Nara Perioddated 606 or 666Important Cultural PropertyN156Horyuji Treasure