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2019 May 25

Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within

Sat - Sun, May 25 to Aug 11, 9:00am - 5:00pm


University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

This exhibition gives visitors the rare chance to encounter a significant 13th-century Japanese icon, Prince Shōtoku at Age Two, from the inside out. Legendary prince Shōtoku Taishi (c. 574–622) is regarded as the founder of Buddhism in Japan. At two years old (one by the Western count), he was believed to have taken several steps forward, faced east, put his hands together, and praised the Buddha. A sacred relic, the eyeball of the Buddha, then appeared between his hands. The diminutive life-size...

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