Hanging scroll; ink, color and gold on silk
Overall: 223 x 226.4 cm (87 13/16 x 89 1/8 in.)
Gift of Mitsuru Tajima 1998.120
According to the inscription below, this painting was commissioned by royal court ladies.
Tejaprabhā Buddha, literally meaning Effulgent Buddha, was known for his special efficacy to crush all kinds of calamities through blazing light emanating from his body. With two attendant bodhisattvas Sunlight and Moonlight, each in reverence posture, the central Effulgent Buddha is flanked by the Seven Buddhas, the deified Seven Stars of the Great Dipper. Below the Seven Buddhas stand the Daoist counterparts, the Seven Prime Astral Deities. This Buddhist-Daoist synthetic iconography marks a typical composition of the Seven Star painting, which had became largely popular in the 19th century.
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