Seated Male and Female Deities


Seated Male and Female Deities

Sculpture / Nara

Kamakura period, 13th century

Wood with pigments


The female deity with plump cheeks was decorated with Japanese style robe, the right hand was shown in a pose of fondling draped hair. The male deity appears to be an elderly official holding a scepter (presently lost). Many other divine statues were expressed turning their faces front, whereas these statues represent unique examples with lively postures.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.139, no.147.

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