Shichidaiji-nikki (Record of pilgrimage to Seven Great Temples in Nara)

Organization control number
792-0
Cultural property designation
Important Cultural P
Classification
Writings
Era century
Kamakura period, 13th century, Kenchō 7
Item shape
Booklet, ink on paper
Size
H 25.8, W 18.5; 25 papers
Collector
Nara National Museum
This booklet is a record of a pilgrimage to the seven major temples in Nara in the late Heian period. This record was reportedly edited by Ōe Chikamichi in 1106, but opinions differ about this date and the author. The record covers the Tōdai-ji, Kōfuku-ji, Gangō-ji, Daian-ji, Saidai-ji, Yakushi-ji, and Hōryū-ji temples in this order. The origin of the temples, temple buildings and Buddhist statues are described briefly, and the biography of Priest Gyōki is added. This record, as well as the Private Record of the Pilgrimage to the Seven Principal Temples"", is an important historical document which describes the situation of the temples in Nara during the 12th century. This booklet which is a copy made in 1255, is the only extant copy of this document. It originally had been kept in Kanchi-in in Tō-ji temple.""

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