Supporting the Buddhist Image - Lotus Flower, Sacred Beast, Deva, Demon

Nezu Institute of Fine Arts

poster for Supporting the Buddhist Image - Lotus Flower, Sacred Beast, Deva, Demon

Ends in 3 days

This exhibition views Buddhism’s pantheon of buddhas, bodhisattvas, and deities from a unique perspective: that of the pedestals and vehicles on which their images are presented.
The lotus flower, the symbol of Buddhism, is the most widespread type of pedestal, but by no means the only one. Monju Bosatsu (Manjusri), seated on a lotus pedestal, rides on a Chinese lion, and Fugen Bosatsu (Samantabhadra) on a white elephant. The armor-clad Four Guardian Kings stand on demons, and the graceful goddess Benzaiten (Sarasvati) is seated on a lotus leaf. The world of esoteric Buddhism offers even more variations on Buddhist images and their pedestals.
A select group of works from the Nezu Museum collection, including “Kongokai Mandala with Eighty-One Deities,” “Legends of Zenkoji Temple,” and “Aizen-myoo (Ragaraja)” - all of which are classified as Important Cultural Properties - compose an unparalleled opportunity to examine the symbolism of Buddhist art and its stylistic riches.

Venue: Exhibition Rooms 1 and 2

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from September 14, 2017 to October 22, 2017

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Adults: ¥1100, University and High School Students: ¥800, Junior High School Students and Under: free

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:On a National holiday Monday the museum is open but closed on the following Tuesday.


Address: 6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Phone: 03-3400-2536 Fax: 03-3400-2436

8 minute walk from the A5 exit at Omotesando station on the Ginza, Hanzomon and Chiyoda lines.

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