Frontispiece of illuminated Daihannya-kyo.

Sutra of Accumulated Treasures (Daihōshaku-kyō): Chapter 45, second half 12th century

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The painted gold and silver frontispiece of this elegant sutra illustrates the Buddha flanked by two bodhisattvas delivering a sermon in a simplified landscape setting. Decorated scrolls of this type were commissioned in great numbers as a means of accruing religious merit. Based on stylistic similarities, this scroll may have been one of 5,400 commissioned by the retired emperor Toba in the mid-twelfth century. A number of these scrolls remain at Jingoji temple north of Kyoto. The text, beautifully written in standard block script, describes the ways bodhisattvas should conduct themselves in order to achieve enlightenment.

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Title
Sutra of Accumulated Treasures (Daihōshaku-kyō): Chapter 45
Role
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Dimension
10 in. (25.4 cm)
Accession Number
71.59.2
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Frontispiece of illuminated Daihannya-kyo.