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Hannya shingyo (Heart Sutra)
  • Japan
    active: Japan
  • Hannya shingyo (Heart Sutra), 1924, Taisho period (1912–1926)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: closed 178 x 70 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: closed 7 x 2 3/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: open (unfolded) 178 x 967 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: open (unfolded) 7 x 38 1/16 in
  • Gift of Sherry Fowler
  • Not on display
  • 2006.0009
Label Text

A folded book (orihon) of Buddhist scripture, the Hannya shingyo (Heart Sutra). The front and back covers are made of grayish blue paper, painted with lotus flower design in black. A label on the front color identifies the scripture as Hannya shingyo. The book contains 14 pages: the first 3 is a preface; page 4-13 are the main text of the Heart Sutra. The preface and main text are printed in regular script.