Seated Daishōgun-shin


Seated Daishōgun-shin

Sculpture / Nara

Heian period, 12th century

Wood, single block construction

H 68.5



The Daishōgun is a deity conducting four directions of north, south, east and west based on the philosophy of yin-yang. It was rotated every three years and took a round for twelve years. The orientation where this deity placed was detested. The both hands of this sculpture have been restored.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.139, no.148.

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