Important Cultural Property

Buddhist Divinities and the Text of the Ninno-gyo Ritual



Period Heian - Kamakura period, 12th - 13th century
Materials and techniques Handscroll, ink and colour on paper
Size 27.0×1226.9


Ninnō-kyō is a bible of the Shingon school of esoteric Buddhism on rituals praying for peace and protection for a nation. This is part of the iconographic drawing collection “Kakuzen-shō” compiled by Kakuzen, a famous iconograph scholar monk of the Shingon sect. It shows records of rituals and rules related to Ninnō-kyō. While there is an inscription at the end saying “1183”, it is probably a copy from a somewhat later period. Formerly owned by Tōji temple, Kyoto.