Floral Beauty in Buddhist Art

28 February–31 March 2019

Exhibition Overview


The lotus, which rises from the mud to produce its pure blossoms, which do not touch the water, is known as the renge, the flower that symbolizes Buddhism. This exhibition, Floral Beauty in Buddhist Art, presents a glorious collection of flowers depicted in more than thirty Buddhist paintings: the lotus, the ashoka tree and the sal tree, which watched over Śakyamuni throughout his lifetime, plus the precious flower pattern, the imaginary jeweled tree, and the cherry, which blooms in Japan’s sacred places. They are joined by about ten Buddhist implements decorated with lotus blossoms, including sutra boxes, pendant ornaments, and flower petal baskets. With visual images wrapped in flower blossoms, the Buddhist teachings carved a vivid impression on human hearts and were disseminated widely.

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