Section of “Sermon”, chapter 2 of the Sutra of Innumerable Meanings

Historical period(s)
Late Heian period, 12th century
Ink on purple-dyed paper with mica, color, gold, and silver
H x W (image): 25.6 × 12.9 cm (10 1/16 × 5 1/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Sylvan Barnet and William Burto
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Handscroll (mounted as a hanging scroll)

Buddhism, Japan, Late Heian (Fujiwara) period (897 - 1185)
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • Miyeko Murase, Sylvan Barnet. The Written Image: Japanese Calligraphy and Painting from the Sylvan Barnet and William Burto Collection. Exh. cat. New York, New Haven and London. cat. no. 11, pp. 60-62.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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