Miracle of the Dragon

Miracle of the Dragon

1600s

Hanging scroll, ink, color, and gold on silk

Image: 109.2 x 58.5 cm (43 x 23 1/16 in.); Overall: 205.4 x 76.4 cm (80 7/8 x 30 1/16 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1991.9

Description

In the upper right, the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, is seated in meditation for such a long time that birds have begun assembling twigs for a nest atop his head. In the scroll’s lower part are Buddhist disciples grouped around a dragon. Dragons have been part of Buddhist culture since antiquity; in Chinese Buddhism the dragon is often interpreted as a symbol of enlightenment.

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