Asian_logo_gold
Result 1 of 1
Object ID: B84B2
Designation: Buddhist bell
Object Name: Ritual object | musical instrument
Japanese
Date: 1532
Medium: Bronze
Place of Origin: Japan | Tajima province
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of William Goodman
Label: INSCRIPTIONS AND IMAGERY ON THE ASIAN ART MUSEUM'S BUDDHIST BELL

VERSES FROM THE NIRVANA SUTRA*
諸行無常 
是生滅法    
生滅々已 
寂滅為楽    

Shogyo mujo        
Ze shomeppo           
Shometsu metsui          
Jakumetsu iraku       

All things lack permanence
This the law of birth-and-death
Extinguish birth-and-death
Cessation leads to bliss

IMAGES OF THE FOUR GUARDIAN KINGS
(Jikoku Ten/Dhrtarastra, Guardian King of the East)
(Zocho Ten/Virudhaka, Guardian King of the South)
(Komoku Ten/Virupaksa, Guardian King of the West)
(Tamon Ten/Vaishravana, Guardian King of the North)

PRAISE OF BUDDHIST DEITIES
南無阿弥陁佛  
Namu Amida Butsu          Praise Amitabha Buddha

南無観世音菩薩
Namu Kanzeon Bosatsu      Praise Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva

EKO ("TURNING OF MERIT")  PRAYER**
願以此功徳平等施一切
同発菩提心徃生安楽國
Gan ishi kudoku byodo se issai  
Dohatsu bodaijin ojo anrakukoku  

We vow to confer our merit on all beings equally
May one and all attain awakened mind, be born in the land of bliss.

DATE
天文元年
五月吉日
Tenmon gannen          
Gogatsu kichijitsu
  
First year of the Tenmon Era  (1532)
An auspicious day of the fifth month  

ARTIST AND PROVENANCE  
但馬國大圓寺什物
鋳物師立花久兵衛    

Tajima no kuni Daienji jumotsu      
Imoji Tachibana Kyubei

Treasure of Daienji Temple, Tajima  Province
Cast by [bronze] founder Tachibana Kyubei

*The four sets of four-character verses placed around the sides of the bell come from the Nirvana Sutra and express its essence. The priest Kukai is said to have later adapted the meaning of these four lines into the famous Iroha poem that comprises each character of the Japanese syllabary.
  **This is an eko (turning over of merit) chanted after reading a sutra. Reading the sutra created merit and the eko turns the merit over to beings in suffering so that they can attain liberation.
On display: no
Collection: METAL ARTS
Dimensions: H. 57 3/4 in x Diam. 40 1/8 in, H. 146.7 cm x Diam. 101.9 cm
Department: JAPN