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A Blessing Over the Sea: Cultural Relics of Jian Zhen and Murals by Higashiyama Kaii from Toshodaiji

Finished Ended on Sun Feb 16, 2020 , 9am
Shanghai Museum
201 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu


On display are 68 murals painted by Higashiyama Kaii, a celebrated 20th century Japanese landscape painter, and antiques from Chinese Buddhist monk Jian Zhen’s life, dating back to the Tang Dynasty. At the invitation of Japanese monks, Jian Zzhen made five hazardous ocean voyages to Japan until he finally reached the capital Nara in 754, at age 66. Highlight is Kinki Sharito, a pagoda-like gold reliquary with a turtle. Designated as a National Treasure of Japan, the reliquary contains the ashes of previous masters that Jian Zhen carried all the way to Japan.