Lot 208
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12000 - 18000 EUR
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Result : 15 600EUR
#= EDO PERIOD, 18th - 19th CENTURY Important Buddhist painting in polychrome and gold highlights on paper, depicting the "Taima Mandala," also known as the "Kammuryōju-kyō hensō," representing the Western Pure Land Paradise, presided over by Amida Buddha (Amitâbha), who is enthroned in his palace, seated in meditation on a lotus, surrounded by the bodhisattvas Kannon and Seishi as well as many other bodhisattvas seated on the terrace surrounding him. Several Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and dignitaries of Buddhism appear in the pavilions of the palace, above which is the sky with various manifestations and Buddha. In the lower part, dancers and musicians are represented in the center and, on the sides, the preaching of Amida. This large central scene is surrounded on three sides by a series of vignettes whose iconography is based on the Kammuryôju-Kyô or Amitâyurdhyâna Sûtra, the "Sûtra of the contemplations of the Amitayus Buddha", with inscriptions identifying each scene. On the left side, eleven scenes illustrate the discovery of the Sutra and its dissemination; on the right side are the thirteen contemplations of the Sutra, while at the bottom, the "nine degrees of birth" complete the set to form the "sixteen contemplations. Mounted on a scroll. Dim. 220 x 210 cm (Accidents, old restorations and wear) PROVENANCE Private collection, Belgium (by descent) NOTE The "Kammuryōju-kyō" is one of the three main sutras of Pure Land Buddhism (Jôdo-kyô), a doctrine advocated by the Tendaï school, a branch of Mahâyâna Buddhism, of which the first known illustration, preserved in the Taima-dera temple in Nara (hence its name of Taima mandala), dates from the end of the 8th century. Because of its fragility, this lot will be sold by appointment. It will be on view in Gennevilliers by appointment with France-Gabrielle de la Guéronnière at 01 47 45 00 90 or at asie@aguttes.com.
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