Scroll from the Compendium of Iconographic Drawings (Zuzōshō)
Heian (794–1185) or Kamakura (1185–1333) period
late 12th century
Handscroll; ink and color on paper
11 7/8 in. x 25 ft. 7 1/2 in. (30.2 x 781 cm)
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Not on view
The Zuzōshō, or Jikkanshō, is an encyclopedia of Esoteric Buddhist iconography in ten scrolls. The first edition is datable to the early twelfth century, when multiple versions of the iconography for particular deities made it necessary to assemble and organize a comprehensive guide. This scroll is stylistically close to the oldest extant version of the Zuzōshō, housed at Daigoji temple in Kyoto and dating to approximately 1193.
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