The Wadokyo Edition of Daihannyaharamittakyo (Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra), Volume 250

Cultural property designation
Important Cultural P
Classification
Calligraph
Place of production
Japan
Era century
Nara Period
Size
Height 24 cm Width 785 cm
Collector
Kyoto National Museum
In the fifth year of Wado (712), the Minister of the Bureau of Rites, Lord Nagaya, had six hundred scrolls of the <I>Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra</I> copied in memory of Emperor Monmu, in accordance to the wishes of the emperor's younger sister, the princess Kibi Naishinno. Later, this set, which was systematically copied with seventeen characters to a line in a calligraphic style of Sui dynasty sutras, came to be known as the <I>Wado Sutras. </I> The paper is hemp paper, and its distinguishing feature is that it was not lined to demarcate the columns. It is valuable as a representative copied sutra of the early Nara period.

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