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Lotus Sutra

Lotus Sutra

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Gold on indigo-dyed paper

Date: 1636

Shelfmark: Oriental MS 13926

Item number: Scroll

Length: 27.4

Width: 57.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

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This lavishly decorated manuscript of the eighth chapter of the 'Lotus Sutra', written in gold on indigo-dyed paper, originally formed part of a set commissioned by the Japanese Emperor, Go-Mizunoo (1596-1680) to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the death of his grandfather-in-law, the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616). On completion in 1636, the set of twenty-eight manuscripts was presented to the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, site of Ieyasu's mausoleum.

Find out more about this manuscript and other sacred texts in Expressions of Faith.

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