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Segment of a Commentary on the Diamond Sutra
Important Cultural Property

Kukai (774-835)
Japan, 9th century
H.26.7cm, W.43.2cm
@ Kukai travelled to China in the early Heian period to study Esoteric Buddhism from the master Huiguo, and returned to establish the Shingon Buddhist sect in Japan. The commentary from which this fragment comes is an Esoteric Buddhist interpretation of an earlier commentary of the Diamond Sutra by the Chinese monk Ijing(635-713). When originally composed by Kukai following his return from China around 813, the full commentary was in the form of a handscroll, but the scroll was cut into sections at some point several hundred years ago. The surviving sections show annotations and erasures, indicating that this was a draft copy. Though written in the cursive "grass style" of calligraphy, the distinct characters remain unlinked. Among examples of Kukai's calligraphy, this excellent work displays the mellowness of his cursive writing style.

Fujin (Wind God)
Circle (Enso)
Jar with Decoration of Peonies and Blue Magpies
Tea Leaf Jar with Design of Mt. Yoshino
Jar with Decoration of Fish and Aquatic Plants
Amphora
Ewer with Brown and White Glaze
Dish of Nabeshima Style with Landscape Decoration
Tea Caddy of Bunrin Type, Known as "Hakata Bunrin"
Autumn Flowerbaskets
Letter to Master Shutong
Segment of a Commentary on the Diamond Sutra
Standing Nikko-bosatsu (Sunlight Bodhisattva)
Hotei, God of Fortune, Watching at Cock Fighting
Two Scenes from The Tale of Genji
The Zen Patriarchs Fengkan, Hanshan and Shide
Ceremonial Wall Hanging with "Tree of Life" Motif
Tea Bowl, Amamori Type
Circular Box with Decoration of Flower and Birds
Chest with Floral Decoration under Oxhorn