Sacred Treasures from Ancient Nara: The Eleven-Headed Kannon of Shōrinji Temple

Tokyo National Museum

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[Image: Standing Eleven-Headed Kannon Bosatsu Nara period, 8th century, Shōrinji Temple, Nara (National Treasure)]

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The renowned Tempyō era Standing Eleven-Headed Kannon Bosatsu (Ekadasamukha), enshrined at Shōrinji Temple in Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture, is a masterpiece of Japanese sculpture. Until the Edo period, this sculpture was the central object of worship at Daigorinji Temple (formerly known as Ōmiwadera) located within Ōmiwa Shrine. Even today Ōmiwa Shrine continues as a place for nature worship, focusing on Mount Miwa as its central deity. This exhibition presents approximately thirty items, including Buddhist sculptures transferred from Daigorinji Temple in 1868 (Meiji 1) when the Meiji government decreed the separation of Buddhism and Shinto, along with items excavated from the sacred restricted area of Mount Miwa that tell of the nature worship conducted at Ōmiwa Shrine.

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from June 22, 2021 to September 12, 2021
Open on August 9. By appointment only.

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