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The Secret Five Bodhisattvas (Gohimitsu Bosatsu)

The Secret Five Bodhisattvas (Gohimitsu Bosatsu)

1200s

Hanging scroll; ink, color, gold, and silver on silk

Image: 78.1 x 63.5 cm (30 3/4 x 25 in.); Overall: 163.2 x 83.8 cm (64 1/4 x 33 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1961.423

Description

The Secret Five were used in a Buddhist ritual to convert negative aspects of consciousness into positive ones. At the center is Kongōsatta, who represents the enlightened mind. He is surrounded by enlightened beings who convert the human frailties of desire, sensory pleasure, passion, and pride into constructive tools to use on the path to enlightenment.

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