Kamakura period (1185–1333)
Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk
Image: 42 x 18 1/2 in. (106.7 x 47 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Not on view
Miroku Bosatsu (Sanskrit: Maitreya Bodhisattva), the future Buddha, resides in the Tushita heaven, awaiting rebirth on earth. He usually has a princely appearance and holds a stupa. Legends say that Vasubandhu and Asanga, the great Indian philosophers of the Hossō sect, received teachings directly from Miroku Bosatsu. Shell powder was not used to build up the surface underneath the application of gold, suggesting that the painting was probably produced at the end of the Kamakura period, before that practice became prevalent.
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