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Bodhisattva mask for Gyōdō

1200/1299

British Museum

British Museum

Gyōdō was a ceremony derived originally from China in the Tang dynasty (AD 618-906). Priests wearing bodhisattva masks paraded outside temples. Bodhisattva masks are particularly associated with the raigō forms of these ceremonies, which enacted the welcome of the dead into Paradise by the Buddha Amida (Sanskrit: Amitabha). This example is made of lacquered, painted and gilded wood. The procession was led by dancers carrying a shishi mask to exorcise the route.

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  • Title: Bodhisattva mask for Gyōdō
  • Date Created: 1200/1299
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 30.00cm; Width: 22.50cm; Depth: 12.50cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: painted; lacquered; gilded
  • Subject: bodhisattva
  • Registration number: 1963,0722.1
  • Production place: Made in Japan
  • Period/culture: Kamakura Period
  • Material: wood; gold; lacquer; metal
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Donated by Oppenheimer, Francis. In Memory of Oppenheimer, Francis

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