Bodhisattvas: Symbols of Salvation and Comfort
- March 7th, Saturday - April 6th, Monday, 2015
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- Important Art ObjectStanding Kannon-bosatsu (Avalokiteshvara)
- Japan Asuka period, 7th centuryNezu Museum
- The pose of the right hand raised and a pitcher held in the left is frequently seen in Kannon figures of the Asuka and Nara periods. The childlike facial features and adornment of the body with large accessories are also characteristic of this period.
- Seated Jizō-bosatsu (Kshitigarbha)
- Japan Kamakura period, 13th centuryNezu Museum
- Jizō-bosatsu is represented as a monk-like figure holding a sacred jewel and a monk’s staff. He enters the six realms, where all animate beings are drawn into the cycle of rebirth as a result of their actions during their lifetime, and extends his hand in salvation to those who suffer there.
- Standing Bosatsu (Bodhisattva)
- Japan Heian period, 11th–12th centuriesNezu Museum
- The courtiers of the late Heian period favored gentle features and graceful figures enveloped in subtly carved robes. This work is close to the style that was perfected by the sculptor Jōchō in the 11th century and is considered an exemplary work of Japanese-style Buddhist sculpture.
- Important Cultural PropertyFugen-bosatsu (Samantabhadra) and the Ten Demonesses
- Japan Heian period, 12th century
- Riding a white elephant with six tusks and attended by ten demonesses, Fugen-bosatsu represents protection for adherents of the Lotus Sutra. This bodhisattva’s kind features reflect the aesthetic preferences of the women of the imperial court.
- Nyoirin Kannon (Cintamani-cakra Avalokiteshvara) with Priest Shōkū on Mt. Shosha
- Japan Muromachi period, 15th centuryNezu Museum
- The Heian-period Tendai monk Shōkū went into seclusion on Mt. Shosha in Harima province (present-day Hyōgo prefecture) and carved a figure of Nyoirin Kannon out of a cherry tree. This work, which was produced in the Muromachi period, is an unusual example that combines a deity figure and a portrait.
- Kannon-bosatsu (Avalokiteshvara) Seated on a Rock
- Japan Nanbokuchō period, 14th centuryNezu Museum
- This depicts the scene of Zenzaidōji (Sudhana) visiting Kannon, who lives on Mt. Potalaka, to ask about the Buddhist teachings. Modeled on a Yuan-dynasty Chinese ink painting, it is rendered by layering fine ink lines.