Paul Binnie

Scottish, b. 1967

Sutra of Great Wisdom

oil on canvas; signed at lower right BINNIE with artist's date seal 98, annotated by the artist in ink on the verso canvas, Paul BINNIE, NO SERIES #32 "DAIHANNYA" 16 x 12" 40.5 x 30.5 cm, Paul BINNIE, and on the stretcher, PAUL BINNIE 1998, with the title in kanji, 大般若, and in English DAIHANNYA No SERIES #32, 1998

painting 16 by 12 in., 40.5 by 30.5 cm
frame 24 1/2 by 20 1/8 in., 61.5 by 51.2 cm

The Daihannya Tendoku is one of the most important rituals of Japanese Buddhism. It features rolling reading of the Great Sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom, one of the central texts of Mahayana Buddhism and the longest text in the Buddhist canon. The play Daihannya, however, is no longer a regular part of the Noh canon and is very infrequently performed. Binnie depicts the horned, 'snake-mouth' demon of the play wearing a necklace made out of skulls. The demon is male, and the actor portraying him sports a mask called otoko ja (snake man).


(inv. no. C-3456)

price: $5,000


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