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Sutra Fragment, Calligraphy in Block Script

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Sutra Fragment, Calligraphy in Block Script


Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
12th century - 13th century

Medium & Support
gold and silver ink on indigo-dyed paper

12 5/16 in. x 6 1/8 in. ( 31.2 cm x 15.5 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Ellen and Richard Laing

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Sutra fragment,
calligraphy in block script

Late Heian period (794–1185) to early Kamakura period (1185–1333) 12th–13th century
Gold and silver ink on indigo-dyed paper
Gift of Ellen and Richard Laing, 2006/2.26

Subject matter
The production of luxurious sutras like this speak to the understanding of religious texts as Buddhist relics, as these works would not be actively read, but rather, donated to a temple or shrine and treated as a sacred object in their own right. Sutras like this one were often ritually buried at sacred sites.

Physical Description
An excerpt from the Lotus Sutra (Japanese: Myōhō Renge Kyō), this sutra uses gold pigment on indigo dyed paper.

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Japanese Buddhism
calligraphy (visual works)

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