Mandala of the Great Cranial Protuberance (Skt., Mahoṣniṣacakra), (J., Daibutchō Mandara)

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Mandala of the Great Cranial Protuberance (Skt., Mahoṣniṣacakra), (J., Daibutchō Mandara)

Japanese paintings / Nara

Heian period, 12th century

Hanging scroll; ink and colors on silk

H 125.5, W 88.5

1幅

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This mandala has been used as a principal object of the Dai-butchō-hō ritual to pray for love and respect, good health and divine favor. This is a so-called Chinese Tang type composition, and it is not based on any specific Buddhist text. The same composition can be found in the collections of iconographies titled Zuzō-shō and Besson Zakki. According to the old records

Masterpieces of Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 1993, p.53, no.36.

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