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『妙法蓮華経』「提婆達多品第十二」の内
“Devadatta,” Chapter 12 of the Lotus Sutra

Period:
Heian period (794–1185)
Date:
12th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Handscroll; gold and silver on indigo-dyed paper
Dimensions:
10 1/16 in. x 33 ft. (25.6 x 1005.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Seymour Fund, 1965
Accession Number:
65.216.1
Not on view
This sutra once formed part of a much larger set of handscrolls depicting all twenty-eight chapters of the Lotus Sutra, one of the most popular Buddhist scriptures. Each handscroll consists of a pictorial frontispiece followed by a section of text, all of which are brushed with gold paint on indigo-dyed paper. The present scroll represents a portion of the Lotus Sutra’s twelfth chapter, “Devadatta” (Japanese: Daibadatta), referring to the name of a friend and mentor of the Buddha in a former life. Several scenes from the chapter are depicted on the frontispiece. A scene at lower right shows the daughter of the Dragon King appearing before the Buddha and presenting him with a precious jewel.
Inscription: On panel, reverse: Myōhōrengekyō kan dai go (the lotus sutra, scroll no. 5)
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