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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)
New York. Asia House Gallery. "The Arts of Medieval Japan: the Heian Period: 794-1185," October 5, 1967–December 17, 1967.

Cambridge. Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums. "The Arts of Medieval Japan: the Heian Period: 794-1185," January 17, 1968–February 25, 1968.

New York. Asia Society. "The Image and the Word: Buddhist Manuscript Illuminations," April 9, 1987–June 7, 1987.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Seasonal Pleasures in Japanese Art (Part One)," October 12, 1995–April 28, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Blossoms of Many Colors: A Selection from the Permanent Collection of Japanese Art," March 21, 2000–August 9, 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Enlightening Pursuits," February 28, 2001–August 5, 2001.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds, Flowers, and Buddhist Paradise Imagery in Japanese Art," February 14, 2004–June 13, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," July 2, 2005–November 29, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Travel in Japanese Art," December 18, 2008–May 31, 2009.

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