Sculpture / Nara


Kamakura period, 13th century/Kenchō 8, 1256

Wood, joined block construction

H 26.2; H of halo: 30.3; H of pedestal: 29.3



The pedestal and the mandorla, as well as the gilt bronze adornments and color pigments have been preserved almost in the original condition. According to the inscription and the sutra deposited inside statue, the Buddhist sculptor Kaijō constructed this statue in 1256 and he applied a block of wood from the column which was left from the fire in the Great Buddha Hall of Tōdai-ji Temple.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.140, no.138.

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