|Country of Location:||
Country of LocationSwitzerland
|Library / Collection:||
Library / CollectionFondation Martin Bodmer
ShelfmarkCod. Bodmer 600a
Manuscript TitleThe Life of Buddha, first book (Shaka no Honji, jō)
CaptionPaper · 74 pp. · 31.6 x 20.4 cm · Japan · 1596-1615
Manuscript SummaryThe book belongs to the category of nara ehon, a type of polychrome, illustrated narratives published from the Muromachi period though to the first half of the Edo period. The term nara ehon has been widely applied to all illustrated books from these periods since the Meiji era, but its origin is unclear. The format of nara ehon differs, depending on the period. Early examples from the Momoyama to the very early Edo period are tall, measuring about 30 cm in height, a vertical format similar to a European quarto. The examples produced from the Kanei era onwards, within the first half of the Edo period were more of a horizontal proportion. They were also generally based on the genre of otogizōshi, short stories that emerged from the Kamakura period onwards, a majority of them focusing on the Muromachi period. During the latter half of the 17th century, the topic shifted to stories about the aristocracy or the wealthy merchant class, before the popularity nara ehon began to decline. This example can possibly dated to the Keichō era (1596-1615).
|DOI (Digital Object Identifier):||
DOI (Digital Object Identifier10.5076/e-codices-fmb-cb-0600a (http://dx.doi.org/10.5076/e-codices-fmb-cb-0600a)
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IIIF Manifest URLhttps://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/metadata/iiif/fmb-cb-0600a/manifest.json
|How to quote:||
How to quoteCologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 600a: The Life of Buddha, first book (Shaka no Honji, jō) (https://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/fmb/cb-0600a).
Century16th century, 17th century
DecorationFigurative, Full Page, Fully Painted, Gold / Silver
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