Scroll from the Compendium of Iconographic Drawings (Zuzōshō)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 223

This scroll is from a transcription of the Zuzōshō, a ten-scroll encyclopedia of Esoteric Buddhist iconography, or imagery, first compiled in the 1130s. The section displayed describes the wrathful Aizen Myōō, one of the Esoteric Buddhist deities known as Wisdom Kings, in text and image.

Scroll from the Compendium of Iconographic Drawings (Zuzōshō), Handscroll; ink and color on paper, Japan

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