Fragment Mounted as a Box Cover with a Scene from Amida's Paradise

Fragment Mounted as a Box Cover with a Scene from Amida's Paradise

手箱

1100s

Gold lacquer on wood

Overall: 2.6 x 7.8 cm (1 x 3 1/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1961.91

Description

This box features a fragment of a scroll. The overall geometric pattern creates a harmonious background in this scene of seven bodhisattvas in an architectural setting. Two boddhisattvas play instruments while seated on lotus flower thrones, while another, on the far left, holds a tray of offerings. With its soft gold colors and ethereal subject matter, this scene was likely part of a larger composition depicting the Western Paradise, considered the eternal resting place of souls in some sects of Buddhism.

See also
Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Lacquer

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