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The White Path Between Two Rivers

The White Path Between Two Rivers

1200s
Overall: 215.1 x 67.7 cm (84 11/16 x 26 5/8 in.); Overall with knobs: 215.1 x 73.3 cm (84 11/16 x 28 7/8 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The Six Realms of Transmigration are the: heavenly realm, hells, human realm, animal realm, realm of hungry ghosts, and realm of fierce beings.

Description

This painting is a visual presentation of a parable ascribed to the seventh-century Chinese Buddhist monk Shandao. It describes the fraught journey to the west along a narrow path between a river of fire and a river of water. Along the way, the traveler is set upon by bandits and dangerous beasts, but is also guided by two friends. The story is an analogy for the journey out of the Six Realms of Transmigration to the Pure Land of the Buddha Amida.
  • ?-1955
    (Howard Hollis and Co., Cleveland, OH, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1955-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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    Aoyagi, Masanori 青柳正規. Nihon bijutsukan [日本美術館 = The art museum of Japan. Tōkyō: Shōgakkan, 1997. Reproduced: p. 365
    Tōyō kaiga no seika: tokubetsuten: Kurīvurando Bijutsukan no korekushon kara [東洋絵画の精華 : 特别展 : クリーヴラント美術館のコレクションから = Highlights of Asian painting from the Cleveland Museum of Art]. Japan: Nara National Museum, 1998. Reproduced: p. 90, cat. no. 57
    Finkel, Irving L., and Colin Mackenzie. Asian Games: The Art of Contest. [New York]: Asia Society, 2004. Reproduced: p. 80, fig. 6:3
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    Szostak, John D. “Two Paths to the Pure Land: The Niga-Byakudō Theme and the Modernist Buddhist Art of Hada Teruo.” Archives of Asian Art, vol. 57, 2007, pp. 121–150. Reproduced: p. 123, fig. 2 www.jstor.org
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    Sano, Emily J., Randall Laird Nadeau, and Alison J. Miller. Heaven and Hell: Salvation and Retribution in Pure Land Buddhism. San Antonio, TX: San Antonio Museum of Art, 2017. Reproduced: p. 112, pl. 59
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    Main Asian Rotation (Gallery 119). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (March 12-July 16, 2003).
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