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
Japanese Religious Art (Japanese art rotation)
The frontispiece depicts the Buddha Shakyamuni preaching in a paradisical landscape.
This religious text relates some of the teachings of the great fourth-century Indian Buddhist scholar Vasubhandhu. The text analyzes human consciousness in its relationship to the environment and transformations that occur during meditation. This scroll is the 17th part of a 30-part translation of the text by Xuanzang, an eminent seventh-century Chinese monk.
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