A heavenly scene from 11th century
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
A computer graphic shows the interior of the Byodoin temple's Phoenix Hall as it probably looked about 950 years ago. (BYODOIN 平等院)
UJI, Kyoto Prefecture--A brilliant computer graphics representation of the interior of Byodoin temple's Phoenix Hall is being exhibited in the temple's museum, showing how the hall presented the "Pure Land"--heaven--at its foundation about 950 years ago.
The temple, a World Heritage site, was founded in 1052. When the hall, which houses an Amida Buddha statue, was completed the following year, it was decorated with a mother-of-pearl inlay of imaginary flowers and gold powder as well as paintings of lotus petals and flying musical instruments against a blue sky.
The computer graphics are based on recreations of the hall's paintings by a team from the Tokyo University of the Arts and others.
The exhibition runs through Aug. 6 at the Hoshokan museum.
- びょうどういん びやうどうゐん 【平等院】
- びょうどういん-ほうおうどう びやうどうゐんほうわうだう 【平等院鳳凰堂】