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Culture:Japanese (Nara period - 8th century)
Title:One of the "One Million Pagodas and Darani Prayers" (Hyakumantō Darani)
Date Made:ca. 764-770
Type:Sculpture; Print
Materials:wood; white clay paint remnants; chalk; paper scroll
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Overall: 10 in x 6 5/8 in x 6 5/8 in; 25.4 cm x 16.8 cm x 16.8 cm
Accession Number:  AC M.1909.1
Credit Line:Gift of Baron Naibu Kanda (Class of 1879)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Small wooden pagoda shape, painted white with four lower stages, removable "finial" with eight rings and chatra. Printed scroll inside.

Label Text:
The One Million Pagodas and Darani Prayers were commissioned by the Empress Shōtoku (Koken). This particular pagoda was from the Temple Hōryūji in the ancient capital of Nara. The printed text included on the scroll is among the oldest in the world.

Buddhism; ceremonies; religion; symmetry; circles

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