Illustrated Frontispiece to the Sutra of Enlightenment through the Accumulation of Merit and Virtue, the So-called Jingoji Sutra
late Heian period (ca. 900–1185)
Handscroll; gold and silver on indigo-dyed paper
10 3/16 in. x 27 ft. 6 9/16 in. (25.8 x 839.7 cm)
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Not on view
This scroll bears a large rectangular Jingo-ji seal in red ink below the title, indicating that it once belonged to the set of more than five thousand sutra scrolls known as the Jingo-ji sutras. The retired emperor Toba (1103–1156) commissioned the transcription of these sutras about 1149. His son Goshirakawa (1127–1192) continued the project and dedicated it to Jingo-ji temple in Kyoto in 1185.