Standing Kongō dōji

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Standing Kongō dōji

Sculpture / Nara

Kamakura period, 13th century

Gilt bronze

H 34.6

1躯

This statue was said to have come from Chōryū-ji Temple in Gujō city, Gifu Prefecture, located on the foot of Mt. Hakusan recognized as a sacred spot of the Shugendō. The both hands are clasped in prayer with reserved look, corresponding to the statue of the Kongara (Skt. Kimkara) as a young attendant of the Fud. myōō (Skt. Acalanātha). This work represents an important benchmark for considering the history of associated statues in the faith of mountain deities.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.137, no.165.

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