Buddhist Temple Ceiling Painting


What’s Amazing About Buddhist Temple Ceiling Painting?

The Most Admirble Part of Buddhism Art

It is not still clear when ceiling painting was started in Japan since all the architecture was constructed by wood at that time and not strong enough to be remained these days.

As you know, ceiling of Buddhism architecture has lattice structure to take large space and high ceiling. It is also to strengthen and make it cheap.

Not only Buddhist temple and managed by Japan on a large scale also several temples and shrines in small county has this lattice structure.

There are many templates which have social custom that big votive picture of horse and panel painting are dedicated.

Chinese phoenix, dragon, crane, bird of juno, old turtle, gold turtle and pine tree were illustrated in the ceiling painting for wishing a luck. Plant was painted alone or mixing with other plants. Figuratively speaking, it shows beautiful heaven or entrance of eternity.

American temple architecture can be build spaciously because of the materials like stone and diatom earth. Mainly angel, star or God were illustrated in ceiling. There also are non-illustrated ceiling which have beautiful geometric patterns or daylight parts to have natural lights. It is said it is not only just designed that way also affected by construction rule.

The motif of the paintings in Japan differ from American one. Since American temple was constructed with stone and diatom earth, the temple and painting stayed longer than wooden constructed Japanese temple. The painting remains as well, so artists can illustrate like original motif.

The ceiling painting is like a textbook to learn ahimsa and enjoying the richness of nature.
Because of how the creator selected and illustrated the plant, a position in the building, it is said that the ceiling painting is the most admirable part of Buddhism art.

Wrote by AIU