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Life of the Buddha: Subjugation of Demons

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:
1993.478.3
Not on view
This panel portrays the heretic Raudraksa fighting the Buddha's disciple Sariputra. Two of the six contests of their magical power are represented at the right: above, Sariputra causes a wind to blow down a large tree created by Raudraksa, and below, an elephant created by Sariputra drinks up the flood caused by Raudraksa. Sariputra's defeat of Raudraksa testifies to Buddha's Law, presented as an iconic gathering on the left.
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