Japanese Buddhist and Shinto Art (Gallery 26)
This gallery focuses on six aspects of Japanese religious art. It explores the major concepts that correspond to changing religious beliefs and ritual as they are manifested in the art produced for Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, and individual worship. Two of the sculptures in this gallery—images of Brahma (Japanese: Bonten) and Indra (Japanese: Taishakuten)—are internationally renowned. These two Hindu deities were adopted by Buddhism in its early stages in India; in the Japanese pantheon they commonly appear as attendants of the historical Buddha. To learn more about the sculptures, visit http://www.asianart.org/collections/brahma-and-indra.