Handscroll; gold and silver on indigo-dyed paper
Overall: 26.4 x 670.6 cm (10 3/8 x 264 in.)
Worcester R. Warner Collection 1916.1060
This sutra, or sacred Buddhist text, includes a frontispiece depicting a heavenly paradise scene of Buddha surrounded by bodhisattvas, monks, and devotees. This sutra captures the teachings of the great fourth-century Indian scholar, Vasubhandhu, which were transmitted across China and the Korean peninsula before arriving in Japan in the sixth century. This particular sutra was usually displayed with the frontispiece exposed, resulting in the faded gold and silver pigments. The interior sections of text have retained their original brilliance.
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