Buddhist Sutra: Hwaôm Kyông (Chinese, Huayan Jing; Sanskrit, Avatamsaka Sutra), Chapter 77, With Frontispiece
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1984.548
Title
Buddhist Sutra: Hwaôm Kyông (Chinese, Huayan Jing; Sanskrit, Avatamsaka Sutra), Chapter 77, with Frontispiece
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Hwa'eom Gyeong
Classification
Manuscripts
Work Type
manuscript
Date
early 15th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Korea
Period
Chosŏn dynasty, 1392-1910
Culture
Korean
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Accordion-fold book; gold and silver pigments on indigo-blue paper
Dimensions
H. 34.4 x W. 12.3 cm (13 9/16 x 4 13/16 in.)
Provenance
Philip Hofer (1898-1984), Cambridge, MA (by 1984), gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1984.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Philip Hofer
Accession Year
1984
Object Number
1984.548
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions

Label Text: Buddhist Art: The Later Tradition (1993) , written 1993
The Avatamsaka Sutra was considered the most important scripture for followers of the Hwaŏm (Chinese, Hua-yen; Japanese, Kegon) sect of Buddhism. The frontispiece of this sumptuously decorated sutra depicts the Buddha Vairocana preaching; flanked by bodhisattvas and other attendants, the Buddha sits on a dais behind an altar, facing the text that he is presumably enunciating. The copying of sutras was not only essential to the transmission of the Buddhist faith, it was also regarded as a meritorious act on the part of the patron. In China, Korea, and Japan, the court and other wealthy patrons employed the finest artists and materials to produce lavish texts to make them suitably beautiful and suitably elevated for presentation to a deity.

Exhibition History

The Arts of Korea, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 07/11/1992 - 01/31/1993

Subjects and Contexts

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