[Lotus Sutra] [Hoben hon] chapter; known as ""Chikubujima kyo""

Organization control number
B-2401
Cultural property designation
National Treasure
Classification
Calligraph
Era century
Heian period, 11th century
Item shape
Ink on decorated paper
Collector
Tokyo National Museum
This sutra transcription is named after the island of Chikubushima on Lake Biwa, northeast of Kyoto, where it was passed down at Hogonji temple. Only two scrolls of the original set remain: one at this museum and one at the temple. With its butterfly, bird, and plant motifs, gold borderlines, and relaxed calligraphic style, this is one of the finest decorative sutras of the Heian period (794–1192).(20120828_h031)(20161101_h031)