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Buddha of the Future (Miroku Bosatsu)

Buddha of the Future (Miroku Bosatsu)

late 600s
Overall: 45.8 cm (18 1/16 in.); Figure: 39.4 cm (15 1/2 in.)
Location: 235B Japanese

Did You Know?

The Sanskrit name of this being, Maitreya, derives from the Sanskrit word for friend, mita.

Description

Buddhism was introduced to Japan in the sixth century. For early Japanese devotees, Buddhism offered the promise of salvation through faith in the Buddha of the Future, who would appear at the end of the world. The concept of eternal salvation held particular resonance with the Japanese aristocracy, who became the staunchest supporters of this new faith. Small sculptures like this one, with its gentle grace and powerful presence, were popular devotional objects.
  • ?-by October 1936
    Kansetsu Hashimoto 橋本関雪 [1883–1945] to Hollis and Company
    1936-1950
    (Hollis and Company, Cleveland, OH, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1950-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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    Tomita, Kojiro. “The Special Exhibition of Art Treasures from Japan.” Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, vol. 34, no. 205, 1936, pp. 64–77. Reproduced: p. 66 www.jstor.org
    “Front Matter.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, vol. 37, no. 10, 1950. Reproduced: cover www.jstor.org
    Milliken, William M. “A Miroku of the Suiko Period.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, vol. 37, no. 10, 1950, pp. 203–204. Mentioned: p. 20p3-204 www.jstor.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art Handbook. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1958. Mentioned and Reproduced: cat. no. 896 archive.org
    Bingham, Woodbridge, Hilary Conroy, and Frank William Iklé. A History of Asia. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1964.
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1966. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1966. Reproduced: p. 273 archive.org
    Mayuyama, Junkichi 繭山順吉. Japanese Art in the West. [Tokyo]: Mayuyama & Co, 1966. Mentioned: p. 341; Reproduced: p. 4, pl. 2
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1969. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1969. Reproduced: p. 273 archive.org
    Masterpieces of Japanese Art; [Catalogue of the Exhibition] October 4 Through November 30, 1969, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Dallas, TX: Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1969. Reproduced: pl. 6
    Morant, Henry de, and Gérald Gassiot-Talabot. Histoire des arts décoratifs, des origines à nos jours. Suivie de Le design et les tendances actuelles. [Paris]: Hachette, 1970. Reproduced: p. 99, no. 176
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    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978. Reproduced: p. 368 archive.org
    Lee, Sherman E, Ursula Korneitchouk, Michael R Cunningham, Ursula Korneitchouk, Cleveland Museum of Art, Japan House Gallery, Japan Society (New York, N.Y.), and Japan House Gallery. One Thousand Years of Japanese Art (650-1650): From the Cleveland Museum of Art: Catalogue. New York: Japan Society, 1981. Mentioned and reproduced: P. 14-15, no. 1
    Cunningham, Michael R., Stanislaw J. Czuma, Anne E. Wardwell, and J. Keith Wilson. Masterworks of Asian Art. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1998. Mentioned and Reproduced: pp. 182–183
    Lin, Nancy. "5000 Years of Korean Art: Exhibitions abroad as cultural diplomacy." Journal of the History of Collections Vol. 28, no. 3 (2016): 383-400. Reproduced: P. 396, fig. 9
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  • Rinpa (琳派) (Japanese gallery rotation) 235. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (April 23-October 3, 2021).
    The Twain Shall Meet. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 30, 1985-January 5, 1986).
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    Korea: Bridge of Culture. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (June 11-August 10, 1980).
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    Masterpieces of Japanese Art. Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas (October 4-November 30, 1969)
    Evolution of the Buddha Image. The Asia Society Museum, New York, NY (organizer) (May 7-June 30, 1963).
    Japanese Art in America. The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA (April 19-May 15, 1960).
    35th Anniversary Exhibition. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (June 20-September 30, 1951).
    Special Loan Exhibition of Art treasures from Japan. Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (September-October 1936).
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