Standing Bishamonten (Vaiśravaṇa)


Standing Bishamonten (Vaiśravaṇa)

Sculpture / Nara

Kamakura period, 13th century

Wood with pigments and cut gold leaf

Total H 99.5, H of statue 78.2


This statue originally came from Iwashimizu Hachimangū Shrine in Kyoto Prefecture. The masculine expression suggests that the Buddhist sculptor who was influenced by Kei school made this work. Gold paint has been broadly applied and depicted more figurative motives such as cloud with dragon, phoenix and flower with leaf, instead of geometric pattern. The lappet of the helmet (Shikoro) was carved from a different wood and it was hooked by chains.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.140, no.142.

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