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- Object: Shaka no honji 釈迦の本地 (The Story of Sakyamuni)
Painting, set of five volumes with total of twenty-six Nara-e type pictures. Scenes from life of Shaka: parents of Prince Siddhartha (young Shaka) and noblemen rejoicing over his birth; Siddhartha's excursion through East, South, West and North Gates; Shaka entering Nirvana; otogizoshi-type texts relating stories from Buddha's previous existences and his historical life, account of his disciple Ananda's assembling of scriptures. Ink and colour on paper. Inscribed.
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Height: 23.50 centimetres (covers)
Width: 17.50 centimetres (covers)
Width: 35.10 centimetres (page opening)
- Curator's comments
A colourful version of the life of Prince Siddharta through his enlightenment to become Buddha Sakyamuni (J:Shaka). Many painted and printed examples were produced in Japan in the 16th and 17th centuries. Here kings of many lands gather to celebrate the birth of Prince Siddharta.
(label copy, TTC, 1998)
Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 2
This is a picture book consisting of five albums with twenty-six relatively crude, brightly colored pictures of the type known as 'Nara-e'. The 'otogi-zoshi' text relates stories from the Buddha's previous existences and his historical life, adding, at the end, an account of his disciple Ananda's assembling of the scriptures. The story is similar to the three-scroll version described above (Color Plates 6-8, Reference Illustrations 5-7), and the text is more or less identical with that of 'Shaka no honji' (The Story of Sakyamuni), published in three large-format volumes by Tachibana-ya Genbei in Kanei 20 (1643).
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Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.Add.1 (Japanese Painting Additional Number)