Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Life of the Buddha: The Birth of the Buddha

Period:
Muromachi period (1392–1573)
Date:
early 15th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Section of a wall panel mounted as a hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk
Dimensions:
29 1/2 x 43 7/8 in. (75 x 111.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Alvin Friedman-Kien, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.478.1
Not on view
On the right side of the painting, Queen Maya grasps a tree branch while walking through the Lumbini gardens, and the baby emerges from her side. On the left, heavenly musicians play music and throw flowers in celebration as the newborn immediately takes seven steps marked by lotus flowers and, raising his right hand, declares, "Among all divine beings, only I am lord, most holy and victorious." He is then given his first bath—a heavenly lustration by dragons.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Seasonal Pleasures in Japanese Art, Part II," May 1, 1996–September 8, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sense of Place: Landscape in Japanese Art," May 8, 2002–September 8, 2002.

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. "Graceful Gestures: Two Decades of Collecting Japanese Art," 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Drama of Eyes and Hands: Sharaku's Portraits of Kabuki Actors," September 20, 2007–March 24, 2008.

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Storytelling in Japanese Art," November 19, 2011–May 6, 2012.

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