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KOKUZO BOSATSU ~ National Treasures of Japan ~  by Tammera
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This work is a blending of two works that are National Treasures of Japan.

One is: Heian period/12th century from Tokyo National Museum.
Kokūzō Bosatsu (Akasagarbha) (絹本著色虚空蔵菩薩像, kenpon choshoku kokūzō bosatsuzō) from the 12th century. Hanging scroll, 132.0 cm x 84.4 cm. Color on silk. Located at the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo. Author Unknown

The background is derived from this work:
File:Zhou Maoshu Appreciating Lotuses.jpg
Artist w:Kanō Masanobu | Kanō Masanobu | Title Zhou Maoshu Appreciating Lotuses 周茂叔愛蓮図 (しゅうもしゅくあいれんず)Zhou Maoshu Appréciant Lotuses…

A hanging scroll painted by Kanō Masanobu. The scroll has been designated as National Treasure of Japan in the category paintings.
15th Century

Kokûzô is a bodhisattva (J. bosatsu) with merit and wisdom said to be “as broad and boundless as the sky (J. kokû).” He bestows these virtues on various people and grants their wishes. In Esoteric Buddhism, Kokûzô serves as the principle image of rituals aimed at fortifying memory (J. gumonjihô) as well as those concerned with merit. The iconography of this deity varies according to the ritual in which it was used, and it is clear that the Tokyo National Museum piece was a principle image for the latter type of practice. The bodhisattva is depicted seated upon a lotus dais within a large circle of light represented as the moon. His right arm is suspended, with the hand held in a gesture (Skt. mudra) suggesting fulfillment of wishes (J. yogan’in), while his left hand holds a jewel in front of his chest. There are five buddhas in the jeweled crown upon his head.

The bodhisattva’s body is white, bounded by an exceedingly fine vermilion line, and shaded with light vermilion. Subdued tones of blue, green, ochre, vermilion, and other colors have been applied to his robes and the dais, as well as to the crag and water below. Silver paint and cut gold and silver leaf (J. kirikane) further embellish the moon, the bodhisattva’s mandorla, the canopy, and the landform. The sober style of this painting accords well with the expression on the face of the deity, with its downcast eyes depicted in slightly modulated line. The effect of the whole is one of elegant refinement and profound mystery.

Digital Art
Photoshop CS5

Public Domain Images:
wikimedia.org (Commons):
Kokūzō Bosatsu
1 hanging scroll
Color on silk
132.0×84.4
Heian period/12th century
Tokyo National Museum
A-10498

Background:
238px-Zhou_Maoshu_Appreciating_Lotuses

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asia, asian, nippon, japan, japanese

I knew I wanted to be an artist at age 4 (Full story: Click on full portfolio, Click on my name)

I am permanently disabled and work at home. Previously, I have been employed as Art Director at California Manufacturers Association and Production Artist at SMW Communications of Sacramento CA.

I studied art at The Academy of Art in San Francisco 1977-79
Mediums:
Oils. Acrylics. Watercolors. Pastels. Inks. Charcoals. Graphites.

Currently I am focused and self taught in Digital Art.

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Comments

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago

    ANOTHER GREAT PIECE TAMMERA !lIZ

  • THANX SO VERY MUCH DEAREST LIZ…;-D

    – Tammera

  • jyruff
    jyruffover 3 years ago

    Love how you bring out these great works of Japan Tammera ! I’m half Japanese(mother German dad) you know more about Japanese art than I do ..great works ..Joseph

  • AWW…THANX EVER SO KINDLY HON…
    JUST A BIT OF RESEARCH…
    MY HUSBAND IS HALF JAPANESE AND HALF CHINESE…;-D
    HE ALWAYS SAYS YAKAMASHI AND UDASAI (SP) TO ME THO…;-D
    I ALWAYS SAY BACK TO HIM…
    “ISA OK, A WHITE (RIGHT) CAN NEVER BE WONG” (HIS LAST NAME – WONG)…..
    WE DO SO ALL IN JEST WITH EACH OTHER OF COURSE!!

    – Tammera

  • P.S. HE ALSO LOVES THIS SERIES OF NATIONAL JAPAN TREASURES THAT I AM DOING…;-D

    – Tammera

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 3 years ago

  • THANK YOU FRANCIS..;-D

    – Tammera

  • Ina Mar
    Ina Maralmost 3 years ago

    Your artwork has been featured in Iconesque! The theme of this month’s features is the nimbus as a sign of spiritual luminosity (March 2012)

  • HOW WONDERFUL!!
    THANK YOU EVER SO KINDLY INA!!….;-D

    – Tammera

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