Objects excavated presumably in Fukuoka Prefecture

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Objects excavated presumably in Fukuoka Prefecture

Archaeology / Nara

Heian period, 12th century/Eikyū 4, 1116

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Excavated presumably in Fukuoka Prefecture

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These objects were reportedly excavated near Dazaifu city in Fukuoka prefecture, but the details are unknown. The bronze sutra case in the shape of a pagoda was firmly made and consists of the body, the roof and the sōrin-spire. The body part is divided at the shoulder to form a container section and a lid. Doors are depicted in line-carvings. A low platform is attached to the body part, and a bronze disk is attached to its bottom. The date together with needle-carved inscription are found on the top of the disk. According to the inscription, two Buddhist statues and a sutra scroll had been enclosed in this sutra case. The roof is made in the hōgyō style, and the roof tiles on the bronze plate are depicted in line-carving. Uzu ornaments are attached near the rim of the roof and fūtaku ornaments are hung from the eaves.

Masterpieces of Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 1993, p.135, no.109.

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