Section of the Japanese Flower Garland Sutra

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 19 December 2017

This is one of 60 scrolls from a transcription of the "Avatamsaka Sutra." Ruled lines in gold pigment segment the paper, which is decorated with flakes of god. At some point, the top and bottom of this scroll were burnt in a fire with the damage resulting in a strange visual effect when viewing the scroll today. The red seal of Senpukuji Temple is Kawachi province (now Osaka prefecture) is found at the beginning, as this is where the scroll was passed down through the ages. This sutra is made of decorated paper with ink, and it dates from 12th-century CE Japan. (Tokyo National Museum)



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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