Unidentified Artist / Illustrated sutra of The Miracles of Kannon / Kamakura period (1185?1333), dated 1257Unidentified Artist
Illustrated sutra of The Miracles of Kannon
Kamakura period (1185?1333), dated 1257

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Dates/Places: Japan
Creator Name-CRT: Unidentified Artist
Title: Illustrated sutra of The Miracles of Kannon
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1257
Creation End Date: 1257
Creation Date: Kamakura period (1185?1333), dated 1257
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Handscroll; ink, color, and gold on paper
Dimensions: 9 7/16 in. x 30 ft. 8 1/16 in. (23.9 x 934.9 cm)

This scroll illustrates episodes taken from chapter 25, the "Universal Gate" chapter, of the Lotus Sutra. This popular text describes the manifold mercies of the compassionate bodhisattva Kannon, the most beloved bodhisattva in East Asia .

According to the calligrapher Sugawara-no-Mitsushige's inscription, this scroll was made in the first year of the Shoka era (1257) and was modeled after a Chinese Song-dynasty printed book dated 1208. Although the compositions and the figural and architectural motifs of this version reflect Chinese pictorial traditions, it is clear that the anonymous artist inventively incorporated native Japanese (yamato-e) elements, especially in the manner of representing the landscapes and the fantastic beasts and demons.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 53.7.3
Credit Line: Purchase, Louisa Eldridge McBurney Gift, 1953
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/education/er_photo_lib.asp
AMICA ID: MMA_.53.7.3
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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