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Life of Shaka, a set of 3 handscroll paintings

 

Height: 329.000 mm (scroll 1)
Width: 19940.000 mm (scroll 1)
Height: 329.000 mm (scroll 1)
Width: 19940.000 mm (scroll 1)
Height: 329.000 mm (scroll 1)
Width: 19940.000 mm (scroll 1)

William Anderson Collection

Asia JA JP 180-182 (1881.12-10.0277-79)

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    Life of Shaka, a set of 3 handscroll paintings

    Japan
    Edo period, late 17th century AD

    The story, which evolved in medieval Japan, interweaves the basic religious message of the life of Prince Siddhartha Gautama through his enlightenment to become the Buddha Shakyamuni (Japanese: Shaka), with the more human story of his relationship to his mother Queen Maya. In this scene he gains enlightenment.

    I. Hirayama and T. Kobayashi (eds.), Hizō Nihon bijutsu taikan-1, vol. 2 (Tokyo, Kodansha, 1992)

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