Nara: Nara National Museum, 2017. 8.9 x 11.9", 328 pp., 136 select items illustrated in color, some fold outs, some with enlarged details, some b/w illustrations, text in Japanese, introduction and list of works in English, paper, Nara, 2017. Item #45301
The famous monk Genshin was born and raised near Taima, Nara. Active during the mid-Heian period, he eventually became a high-ranking Buddhist prelate, known as Eshin-sozu. His Ojo yoshu (Essentials of rebirth in the Pure Land Paradise), written in 985, vividly depicts the worlds of Buddhist hells and paradise in detail. Thereafter, this imagery not only had a great impact on believers in the Pure Land faith, but also engendered the artistic representation of this faith.
This exhibition, inspired by memorial of the 1000th anniversary of the death of Genshin in 2016, has been designed as a special exhibition in Nara, the place of his birth, in order to allow visitors to trace the history of the period in which Genshin lived, learned of his influence on later generations and see the Buddhist art related to those beliefs as a single venue.
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