This five-line segment of a sumptuous scroll of the Lotus Sutra perfectly embodies the aesthetics and religious practice of the late Heian period. The text, from chapter is a litany of fabled fragrances
“Universal Gateway”, Chapter 25 of the Lotus Sutra, text inscribed by Sugawara Mitsushige, Kamakura period, dated 1257, handscroll; ink, color, and gold on paper, 9 11/16 x 368 1/16 in. (24.6 x 934.9 cm) with mounting, Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession 53.7.3. Dated 1257.