Bodhisattva (Jokaisho Bosatsu): esoteric Buddhist iconographic drawingArtist(s)Takuma TametōObject Creation Datemid 12th centuryMedium & Supporthandscroll fragment, ink and color on paperDimensions
9 13/16 in x 5 7/16 in (24.9 cm x 13.8 cm)Credit LineMuseum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection FundSubject 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 TypehandscrollAdditional Object Classification(s)PaintingCollection AreaAsianRights
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