Further Discourses on the Supreme Truth (Abidharmakosha-Bhashya)

Further Discourses on the Supreme Truth (Abidharmakosha-Bhashya)

1100s

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

Description

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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