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Pilgrimage Mandala of Nachi Shrine


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This large painting of sacred sites in the Kumano region re-creates the experience of a pilgrimage, allowing those unable to journey there the ability to accrue merit through engagement with the painted image. Pilgrim-viewers begin the trip at the sea depicted at the bottom of the painting and make their way into the mountains, passing through a number of important locations on their way to the base of Nachi Waterfall, which can be seen in the upper right corner.

Pilgrimage Mandala of Nachi Shrine, Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, Japan

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