Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Antique Japanese Buddhist Screen Set, Visitation of Amida
Please refer to our stock # ANR8115 when inquiring.
Amida Buddha (Amitabha) flanked by four attendants appears before Honen Shonin seated at prayer in his temple, lit by a single hanging lamp on this pair of screens dating likely from the Taisho period. The upper stamp appears to read Egami Kiyokuni. The scene is unusually bordered in two tones of (at that time) antique patterned silk like the decorative Kesa worn by Buddhist monks. Pigment on silk, each screen is 188 x 175 cm (74 x 69 inches). Solid and stable, there is toning and scattered marks typical of the era, a general dinginess to the silk canvas.
Honen Shonin (1133-1212) was the religious reformer and founder of the Jodo-shu branch of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism. His father was a high ranking official assassinated while Honen was just a child. The story is that his father told him not to seek vengeance, but to pray for his father’s soul as a monk. At the age of 9 Honen renounced the world, entering the Tendai sect then dominant in Japan, where he would eventually be trained at Mt. Hie in North East Kyoto, the main temple of the Tendai sect (later entirely destroyed in the infamous burning of Mt. Hie by Oda Nobunaga). After encountering the teachings of 7th century Chinese priest Shandao, he left Mt. Hie at the age of 24 to initiate a new Buddhism accessible to all men, not just those living atop a mountain based on incantation of the name of Amida Buddha. He settled in Kyoto establishing a considerable following. Hōnen attracted criminals, samurai and other elements of society normally excluded from Buddhist practice He expressed unusual concern over the spiritual welfare of women regardless of social status, from aristocracy to prostitutes. As a consequence, the role of women in the Jōdo-shū sect has often been greater than in other Japanese Buddhist traditions. His teachings were radical at the time, and caused a great deal of societal angst. In 1207, he and many of his followers were exiled, dispersed throughout the country, and some were executed. He returned to Kyoto, pardoned, in 1211, but died the following year. Due to size shipping will be accrued separately.
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