Theater

Theater program: Aug. 5 - Sept. 4, 2015

National Treasure "Sakyamuni Rising from the Golden Coffin": A Miraculous Moment of Amazement and Joy

[High Vision Cinema] English audio guide available / about 15 min.

Shakamuni Rising from the Golden Coffin is a masterwork of Heian-period Buddhist painting that depicts a little-known legendary miracle of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. This ultra high-definition video reveals the distinctive composition, rich colors, delicate cut gold leaf, reverse-applied pigments, and other sophisticated aspects of this National Treasure painting. Using meticulous research and the latest digital reproduction technology, it also revives the painting's lost pigments and ink strokes in order to reimagine its original appearance.

National Treasure Sakyamuni Rising from the Golden Coffin
a scene in "National Treasure "Sakyamuni Rising from the Golden Coffin"

Showtimes
Lecture Theater in Heisei Chishinkan Wing
Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday 13:00- / 14:00- / 15:00-
*Theater is closed every Saturday and August 2, 4, 23 and 30

Fujiwara Clan's Sutra Container and Sutra Case: The Prayers and Splendor of the Heian Aristocracy

[High Vision Cinema] English audio guide available / about 16 min.

This video delves into the historical and artistic significance of three National Treasure-designated sutra receptacles unearthed from the temple complex at Kinpusen, in Yoshino, Nara prefecture. The gilt bronze sutra container and two gold and silver-decorated bronze sutra boxes--one with paired birds and another with Buddhist flowers--originally held sutras that were buried as votive offerings by Fujiwara Michinaga (966-1028), once the most powerful regent in Japan, during a pilgrimage to the sacred mountain site. Through footage of present day Kinpusen and Enryaku-ji on Mt. Hiei, as well documentary evidence provided by Michinaga's diary Mido Kanpaku ki, we discover the historical and artistic significance of these National Treasures. Close up views of the inscriptions and the designs inscribed into these vessels give us a sense of the aspirations of their patron as well as the Pure Land adoration that was so prevalent in the culture of the Heian court.

Fujiwara Clan's Sutra Container and Sutra Case
a scene in "Fujiwara Clan's Sutra Container and Sutra Case"

Showtimes
Lecture Theater in Heisei Chishinkan Wing
Wednesday, Friday 13:00- / 14:00- / 15:00-
*Theater is closed every Saturday

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