Plaque

DATE:
c. 1870
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Silver, copper, and gilt
CLASSIFICATION:
Coins, Medallions and Plaques
DIMENSIONS:
13 1/4 × 13 1/4 × 1 5/8 in. (33.66 × 33.66 × 4.13 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
304 SNAIL GALLERY
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, The John R. Young Collection, gift of M. Frances and John R. Young
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
1993.86.2.FA

General Description

This scene shows Handaka Sonja flying on his dragon toward his brother Chuda Handaka Sonja who stands with an oni, a type of demon or ogre, attendant. The frightening imagery of the oni supports the great holiness of these two arhats (Japanese: rakan), part of a group of holy men who were originally disciples of the historical Buddha, Sakyamuni. In Japan, China, Korea, and Tibet, arhats were regarded as having achieved extraordinary spiritual levels but, like bodhisattvas, put off their own enlightenment to help others.

Adapted from

  • Anne Bromberg, The Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art, "Silk Road Text/Labels." File on TAZ.

  • DMA Connect.