On Monday, June 21, 2021 at the Tokyo National Museum, high resolution facsimiles of "Kujaku Myo'o" (Mahamayuri) (hanging scroll) that were produced in Stage 14 of the Tsuzuri Project were donated to the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage.
The national treasure "Kujaku Myo'o" (hanging scroll) is a large (approximately 150 cm x 100 cm) silk work depicting a peaceful Kujaku Myo'o in soft, delicate colors and wearing clothing decorated with kirikane*1 metal foil. It is believed to be the only surviving work from Japan's Heian period (794-1185 CE) that features the Kujaku Myo'o, and was created using colors and artistic techniques that flourished during the Insei (cloistered rule) period, making it a highly valuable artifact. In addition, it is the oldest original work that the Tsuzuri Project has handled to date.
In order to minimize the wear on the original work during the high-resolution facsimile creation process, Canon's latest digital imaging technologies and the skills of traditional Kyoto artisans, or takumi, were utilized to produce a facsimile that is highly faithful to the original—including coloring and kirikane that is accurate to within 0.2 mm. Thanks to this donation, the original works can be preserved in more ideal environments while the high-resolution facsimiles can be widely used for public display, allowing more people the opportunity to experience the works in person.
The donated work will be displayed from June 22, 2021 to March 31,2022 at the Tokyo National Museum*2 as part of the new experiential permanent exhibit "The Door to Japanese Art."
*1 Kirikane is a technique employed in Buddhist artwork and sculpture that involves the use of thinly sliced gold or silver leaf to create detailed and lavish designs.
*2 In order to enter the Tokyo National Museum, visitors must register online in advance. For more information, please refer to the museum's homepage.
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