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Bodhisattva (Jokaisho Bosatsu): esoteric Buddhist iconographic drawing

Accession Number
1963/1.99

Title
Bodhisattva (Jokaisho Bosatsu): esoteric Buddhist iconographic drawing

Artist(s)
Takuma Tamet

Object Creation Date
mid 12th century

Medium & Support
handscroll fragment, ink and color on paper

Dimensions
9 13/16 in x 5 7/16 in (24.9 cm x 13.8 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

Subject matter
A fragment of a handscroll depicting a bodhisattva from the Vajrayana Buddhist pantheon. This painting was originally part of the iconographic manual handscroll Kontai butsuga-chō, which was cut into pieces and dispersed into various collections. Like other illustrations from this work, four inscriptions are included in the painting. The upper left inscription identifies the bodhisattva as Jokaishō, while the upper right inscription lists his "secret name" as Fukyu Kongō, or "Vajra of Universal Salvation". The inscription to the left of the bottom lotus identifies the seed-syllable, or siddham character associated with the divinity. 

Physical Description
An illustration of the bodhisattva Jokaishō, the divine figure is seated on a lotus blossom venerating a reliquary. The figure sits cross-legged on a red lotus blossom, while beneath the figure is a blue sutra box on a green and yellow lotus. The image is depicted with largely even "iron-wire" lines typical of Heian period Buddhist painting. 

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Primary Object Type
handscroll

Additional Object Classification(s)
Painting

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
Buddhism
Vajrayana
bodhisattva
inscriptions
lotus (motif)

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