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Diamond World: One of a Pair of Mandalas

ca. 1500
76 x 40 in. (193 x 101.6 cm)

Unknown, Japanese
Japanese

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Ink and colors on paper, mounted on silk hangings, with brass fittings and furls
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1979.51.1
Location: Currently on view
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This design is based on a double icon painted in 9th-century China for a Japanese monk of an esoteric sect, Kobo Daishi. This mandala depicts the kongo kai or "diamond world."

Provenance
Dealer, Kyoto, Japan; purchased from him by Merlin Dailey of East-West Shop, Victor, NY (dealer), 1979; purchased from him by the Gallery in 1979

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