Past Exhibitions

Buddhist Ritual Utensils
September 13, 2014 - October 13, 2014

Buddhist art has been produced in Kyoto since the Heian period and is deeply rooted in the city's devotional culture. This exhibition introduces metalwork objects from the Heian (794-1185) and Kamakura (1185-1333) periods, which were used to decorate Buddhist sculptures and the interior of temple halls, recreating the shining golden world of the buddhas. With a focus on Esoteric Buddhist ritual implements and priestly accoutrements--including National Treasure Openwork Ritual Flower Basket (Jinshō-ji) and Important Cultural Properties Flaming Buddhist Jewel Sutra Reliquary (Ninna-ji) and Head of a Priest's Staff (KNM)--this exhibition examines the ancient art of Buddhist sacred adornment.

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