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Illustrated Legends of the Tenchi-in (Tenchi-in engi)  1399

by Anonymous

The Tenchi-in compound was founded in 708 by the monk Gyoki (668–749), who also built the great national temple of Todaiji in 743. Tenchi-in was later incorporated into the organizational structure of Todaiji, which owns two similar painted scrolls that once formed a set with this one. Narrative paintings were often commissioned by temples to assist monks in describing the...
256 × 104 cm (display dimensions, with knobs and string)
Hanging scroll; ink and colors on silk
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago