Jüsambutsu-Mandala: Mandala of the Thirteen Buddhas

Jüsambutsu-Mandala: Mandala of the Thirteen Buddhas

Object Title:

Jüsambutsu-Mandala: Mandala of the Thirteen Buddhas

Date:

1336-1598

Artist:

Anonymous

Carver:

N/A

Printer:

N/A

Publisher:

N/A

Medium:

Hand-colored woodblock print Technique: Hand-colored woodblock print

Credit Line:

Purchase, 1954 (13442)

Object Number:

13442

Description:

Images of the Thirteen Buddhas were displayed during a seven-week mourning period after a peson’s death, and again during annual memorial services heldthree years after his death. This practice appears to have spread during the Muromachi period (1392-1573 AD) in Japan. While the precise origin of the worship of the Thirteen Buddhas is unclear, it may have begun under the influence of the Esoteric Shingon sect. (from Pathway exhibition 1/29/08-)