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Taima Mandala


early 1300s
Painting: 135.6 x 140.3 cm (53 3/8 x 55 1/4 in.); Mounted: 170.5 x 203.2 cm (67 1/8 x 80 in.)
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Location: On view at Hoam Museum of Art, Kyunggi-do, Mar 19, 2024 - Jun 23, 2024

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This painting is a copy after an 8th-century woven mandala belonging to the temple Taimadera. The composition is based on a sacred text that describes the Buddha Shakyamuni’s explanation of Amida’s Pure Land to Queen Vaidehi, as well as his instructions to her on visual meditation upon the Pure Land. The Pure Land appears at the center of the painting. To the left is the story of Queen Vaidehi’s encounter with Shakyamuni, and to the right are the scenes she is given to visualize. The bottom illustrates the nine levels of birth that can be attained in the Pure Land.
Taima Mandala

Taima Mandala

early 1300s

Japan, Kamakura period (1185–1333)

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