Kasuga Deer Mandala

春日鹿曼荼羅図

mid-1300s to 1400s
Image: 95.6 x 39.1 cm (37 5/8 x 15 3/8 in.); Mounted: 184.2 x 63.8 cm (72 1/2 x 25 1/8 in.)
Location: not on view
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The deity Takemikazuchi no Mikoto is shown as the Buddha Shakyamuni with a red robe.

Description

Riding on a rolling cloud, a spotted deer wears a brightly colored saddle. The saddle supports a branch of the evergreen Sakaki tree, trailing wisteria vines that cradle a large golden mirror. Within the mirror sit the five Buddhist manifestations (honjibutsu) of the deities (kami) of the Kasuga Grand Shrine in Nara. The presence of the deer—the vehicle of the deity Takemikazuchi no Mikoto of the first of the five halls of the shrine—and the characteristics of the mountain range at the top of the painting make clear the association with the sacred site of Kasuga. The painting was likely created for an individual’s personal devotions to the Kasuga deities
Kasuga Deer Mandala

Kasuga Deer Mandala

mid-1300s to 1400s

Japan, Nanbokuchō period (1333–92) to Muromachi period (1392–1573)

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