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The Freer-Sackler Gallery in Washington Dc has a new show titled “Masters of Mercy:Buddha’s Amazing Disciples.” . The who runs from now to July 8, 2012, and it  ” regarded as one of the most impressive feats of Buddhist iconography created during the Edo period (1615–1868)”. The paintings by Kano Kazunobu are large (I’m guessing 3 feet by 6 feet) and often humorous, depicting everyday people and disciples with funny hair, strange faces, and belly fat, rather than idealized figures and faces. Please don’t miss this show.