golden Shaka laying his PR side at center of composition; surrounded by trees, human and non-human beings; 7 golden kannon in background, swirling clouds and waves in background; a variety of animals and insects in foreground including heron, owls, ducks, horse, bull, monkey, deer, elephant, centipede, etc.; Buddha's mother in UR corner in clouds with attendants and Jizo

Parinirvana of Sakyamuni, the Historical Buddha, late 17th century

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This painting depicts the death of Sakyamuni, the historical Buddha, in 438 B.C. The Indian prince turned sage is shown lying on his side, having delivered his final teachings. At the moment of his death, the Buddha was said to enter nirvana. Around him are his disciples in monks’ robes, a group of five bodhisattvas with golden-yellow skin, guardian deities, monks, laymen, and animal beings. All are shown expressing profound grief. The square “Kunju” relief seal dates this painting to a time before Itchō was exiled to a small island in Izu province in 1699.

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Title
Parinirvana of Sakyamuni, the Historical Buddha
Artist Life
1652 - 1724
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.29.2
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golden Shaka laying his PR side at center of composition; surrounded by trees, human and non-human beings; 7 golden kannon in background, swirling clouds and waves in background; a variety of animals and insects in foreground including heron, owls, ducks, horse, bull, monkey, deer, elephant, centipede, etc.; Buddha's mother in UR corner in clouds with attendants and Jizo