- Museum number
Magic diagram with inscriptions in the outermost square, then a square of jewelled emblems, then empty boxes, a square band of flowers with Buddhas in the four corners, and the centre square with a lotus surrounded by a canopy with cintamani (flaming jewels). Drawn in ink on paper. Inscribed.
- Production date
- 851-900 (circa)
Height: 75.10 centimetres (Image in mount)
Height: 58.70 centimetres (Image)
Width: 76.10 centimetres (Image in mount)
Width: 59 centimetres (Image)
- Curator's comments
This large diagram has a lotus flower, or wheel, at the centre of a square marked with the compass points. North is shown here at the bottom. The surrounding space is filled with fine crossed lines and cryptically marked ‘jin shengjie dao’ (Golden Cord Releasing Way). Around it are deities and Buddhist emblems, including the conch, wheel and ‘vajra’; at the perimeter are water and flowering and fruiting trees. This drawing appears to preserve an early stage of Chinese esoteric Buddhist practice, preceding the developed Vairocana worship from which the Japanese Shingon sect took its ideas in the 9th century.
The Getty's curatorial team suggests the title as Altar Diagram with Annotations.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996 'Serinde, Terre du Bouddha'
2016 7 May-4 Sep, Los Angeles, Getty Research Institute, Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- For full acquisition history, see 1919,0101,0.1.
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Ch.00189 (Stein no.)