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春日曼荼羅図
Kasuga Mandala

Period:
Kamakura period (1185–1333)
Date:
13th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 35 1/2 × 16 3/4 in. (90.2 × 42.5 cm)
Overall with mounting: 63 1/2 × 23 1/8 in. (161.3 × 58.7 cm)
Overall with knobs: 63 1/2 × 25 1/2 in. (161.3 × 64.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Takemitsu Oba, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.446
Not on view
The area of Kasuga was chosen by Fujiwara Fuhito (659–720) to enshrine his ancestral clan deities when the Japanese imperial court moved to Nara in the early eighth century. Here, the Kasuga Shrine and its environs in the ancient capital are depicted in bird’s-eye perspective. At the top is the sacred mountain of Kasuga, Mount Mikasa, and the area shown below, including two pagodas, is part of Kasuga's shrine precincts. Regarded as the special vehicles of the clan deities, deer are shown roaming in the spring landscape, as they still do today.
Takemitsu Oba , New York (until 1993; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Resonant Image: Tradition in Japanese Art (Part One)," 1997–98.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Resonant Image: Tradition in Japanese Art (Part Two)," April 27, 1998–September 27, 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: A Decade of Collecting Japanese Art," September 29, 2001–March 10, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds, Flowers, and Buddhist Paradise Imagery in Japanese Art," February 14, 2004–June 13, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Animals, Birds, Insects, and Marine Life in Japanese Art," June 26, 2008–November 30, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landscapes in Japanese Art," June 24, 2010–November 7, 2010.

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