The Buddhist Icons of Kamakura: Realism and Exoticism

Nara National Museum

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The new style of Buddhist sculpture that was brought to fruition in Nara at the beginning of the Kamakura period by Kokei, Unkei, Kaikei, and others of the school of Buddhist sculptors known as the Kei-ha, spread quickly through Kamakura and all of Eastern Japan. This was a result of the zeal of the shogun, his retainers and other important figures in the warrior government in Kamakura, installing Buddhist Kei-ha icons in the temples that they had constructed.
 This exhibition includes a section devoted to Buddhist paintings in addition to masterworks of sculpture from the collection of the Kamakura Museum of National Treasures, further accompanied by a display of sacred images from neighboring temples. Here one can encounter under a single roof the numerous faces of Buddhist iconography developed in Kamakura in the first comprehensive exhibition of this type outside of the Kanto area.

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Lecture “Medieval Ritsu and Zen Sculptors”
Date: 4/19(Sat) 13:30-15:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Speaker: Ryusuke Yamaguchi (Researcher of Nara National Museum)
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from April 05, 2014 at 9:30 to June 01, 2014 at 17:00
Open on a public holiday Monday but closed the following day. Open until 19:00 on Fridays after April 25



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