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 9 Headed Dragon Scroll Dated 1762
Please refer to our stock # R006 when inquiring.
The Nine-Headed Dragon (Kuzuryu) of Togakushi Shrine rises from a rocky bier on this 18th century talisman mounted as a hanging scroll. Wood Block Print with hand coloring in a mounting of heavy, recycled cloth consistent with the age of the image. The scroll is 37.5 x 91 cm (15 x 36 inches) and in surprisingly good condition. On back is an inscription dated Horeki 13 (1762).
Buddhist tradition holds that a monk named Gakumon discovered the Oku-sha area in the second year of Kasha (849 AD). From atop a mountain he hurled a sacred object he had been carrying in the hope it would help him find a place where the teachings of the Buddha would flourish. Gakumon could see a light glowing where it fell. He made his way to the place and started praying. In the dark of night, from the midst of a howling wind, Kuzuryu, a guardian dragon with nine heads, appeared. Kuzuryu told Gakumon that establishing Buddhism here would save people and that a large temple would be built on this mountain. The dragon then entered the treasure cave and was sealed inside and Gakumon began ascetic practice there. The temple , which had flourished as both a Shinto and Buddhist site for 8 centuries, was remanded to Shinto during the Meiji era, and remains so to this day.
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