Seikai mandara at Jokakuji in Sendai
1 picture of silver and gold ink on silk Important cultural asset by the Miyagi prefectural government
@This painting of the Seikai mandara, which has been designated an important cultural asset by the Miyagi prefectural government, has been rendered in silver and gold ink on silk. It is counted one of the three Pure Land mandalas of the Southern Capital Nara (Nanto Jodo mandara) along with the Taima mandara and the Chiko mandara.
@There are only ten versions of this mandala (Jp. mandara) extant in Japan and almost all are from the Edo period. Only two can be traced back to Muromachi times.
@A record of the history of the mandala recounts that it was sent from Kyoto to the land of the deity Shiogama Myojin since the territory lacked such an image and that it was donated by a parishioner of Dan'ohorinji temple and Fukuronaka Wajo.
@There had been a Mandala Hall at Jokakuji until it burned down during the Hoei era (1704-11), and it is thought that this mandala was kept there.