Disciple (One of the statues of Hōryūji’s pagoda)


Disciple (One of the statues of Hōryūji’s pagoda)

Sculpture / Nara

Nara period, 8th century


H 19.6



The male figurine was seated squarely and his hands were crossed in front of the belly, expressed in the form of a prayer for departed souls. The body was made of clay adhered on the straw-coiled wood. This work constitutes the statue group enshrined on the first floor of five-storied pagoda in Hōryū-ji Temple, depicting the four scenes including Nirvāna.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.137, no.166.

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