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21-line Sutra fragment – Flower Garland(Kegon) Sutra

Object ID: 1983.004.003
Object: Calligraphy, handscroll fragment; ink on paper
Place of Origin: Japan
Date: Fujiwara Period, dated 1240
Size: 15.75×21.5
Credit: gift of Tarō Yamamoto

This is a handwritten, 21-line sutra fragment from Flower Garland (Kegon) Sutra (Sunshū Hachiman Hōnō-kyō Ninji Gannen Sha Kegon-gyō), dated Niji Ganen (1240).

Sutras may be portioned for any number of reasons; possibly this example had been partly damaged or destroyed. The practice of dividing sutra into parts and dispersing it among private collectors (mounting fragments on screens has been popular) is also known to have affected the holdings of even some of Japan’s great temples.