National Treasures of To-ji Temple; Kukai and the Sculpture Mandala

Tokyo National Museum

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The objects of Esoteric Buddhism associated with the priest Kukai are of immense artistic quality, with their rich variety and expressiveness holding an exceptional position among the Buddhist art of Japan. This comprehensive exhibition will present cultural properties handed down at To-ji Temple, with a focus on the numerous treasured articles associated with Kukai himself. The Lecture Hall of To-ji houses Kukai’s sculpture mandala, a three-dimensional representation of the pantheon of Shingon Buddhism. This exhibition will feature an unprecedented 15 of the mandala’s 21 sculptures, including 11 National Treasures and 4 Important Cultural Properties. Other magnificent sculptures and paintings, as well as works of calligraphy and decorative art representing the pinnacle of artistic expression in Esoteric Buddhism will also be displayed. See these priceless objects passed down together with the teachings of Kukai for nearly 1,200 years at To-ji temple.

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from March 26, 2019 to June 02, 2019
Open on April 29 (Mon/public holiday) and May 6 (Mon). Closed on May 7 (Tues).

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