Japan, Nambokucho period (1336-1392) / Miroku Bosatsu, the Future Buddha / 14th centuryJapan, Nambokucho period (1336-1392)
Miroku Bosatsu, the Future Buddha
14th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Name-CRT: Japan, Nambokucho period (1336-1392)
Title: Miroku Bosatsu, the Future Buddha
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1300
Creation End Date: 1400
Creation Date: 14th century
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: hanging scroll, ink and color with gold and cut gold designs on silk, accompanied with an inscription in ink
Dimensions: Overall: 115.57cm x 41.35cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1999.195
Credit Line: Gift of Rosemarie and Leighton Longhi in memory of Robert P. Bergman
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Style or Period: Japan, Nambokucho period (1336-1392)

Not long after Buddhism was introduced into Japan in the 6th century, a cult devoted to the worship of the Miroku (the Future Buddha) developed. Painted and then carved images began to appear in the devotional halls of Buddhist temples. By the time this painting was executed by a professional painter specializing in religious imagery, Miroku had a strong following that embraced both popular folk legends and sutras (sacred texts) about him.

This scroll is composed of three pieces of silk sewn together. Above, three panels of text describe Miroku's powers. The mineral pigments used to paint the figure and the platform decoration are very fine and well preserved for such an old painting. The radiant gold paint describing Miroku's body is also noteworthy.

The scroll's mounting style and palette reflect the taste of the early 20th century, when a previous owner chose colorful textiles for its restoration and presentation. The use of cloisonn?? roller ends on a traditional Buddhist painting adds another special, personal touch to this attractive ensemble.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1999.195
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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