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Japanese Gallery Rotations: Masterpiece Hanging Scroll and Varja Bell Now On View

Two recent rotations in the CMA’s Japanese gallery (235B) include the return of a masterpiece hanging scroll depicting the Medicine Master Buddha and the Twelve Divine Generals that was lent to the Tokyo National Museum and the Kyushu National Museum in Japan in 2014, and a Varja bell, a recent acquisition, on view for the first time at the CMA.

The five prongs of this bell symbolize the Buddhist “Five Perfections” – generosity, morality, patience, perseverance, and concentration. The mouth of the bell symbolizes the “Sixth Perfection,” wisdom. Check out these recent acquisitions and use the hashtag #CMAonthemove to see more permanent collection rotations.

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Christopher Moore

The Cleveland Museum of Art

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