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.

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Bibliography

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

Dimensions

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)

Museum number

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

JCF301;JCF302;JCF303

William Anderson Collection

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