From: Japan

Curatorial Section: Asian

Object Number 29-198-1
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Buddhist
Provenience Japan
Date Made 17th Century
Section Asian
Technique Painted
Iconography Dainichi Nyorai | Buddha | Lotus | Vajra
Inscription Language Sanskrit

Temple hanging scroll. Illuminated painting of Dainichi Nyorai (Maha Vairochana Tathagata). Chinese name, Dari Rulai, meaning Great Light. Golden body, seated on a padmasana (lotus throne), against a pale rose colored nimbus, and wearing a five wisdom crown with five small Buddha images. The positions of the hands are supposed to express one of mystical gradations of meditation (samadha) or ecstasy. Above the crown is a a black prayer disk with golden bonji (Sanskrit) characters. Below the large disc is two smaller discs each with a Sanskrit character. The one on the left, uun, symbolizes Aizen Myoo and the one one the right, kan, Fudo Myoo. Dainichi Nyorai is supported by an upright golden vajra emblem called a toko-sho or single prong vajra resting on a goko-sho or five prong vajra. These are supported beneath by a lotus pedestal.

Credit Line Gift of Mrs. John L. LeConte & Robert G. LeConte, 1914
Other Number Getz 282 - Other Number

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