Bodhisattva Kṣitigarbha and Nāgārjuna


Bodhisattva Kṣitigarbha and Nāgārjuna

Sculpture / Nara

Heian period, 12th century

Wood, joined block construction


Formerly kept in Umeno-dō temple, Ehime

These two statues were originally enshrined with Amida (Skt. Amitābha) Triad in Umeno-dō Hall of Chūkō-ji Temple was constructed by the Emperor Goshirakawa. The statues of Amida (Skt. Amitābha), Kannon (Skt. Avalokiteśvara) and Seishi (Skt. Mahasthamaprapta) were owned by Hoan-ji Temple in Ehime Prefecture. These five statues were applied as principal images during the important ceremony (Jyōgyō zanmai) of the Tendai Pure Land Buddhism.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.141, no.135.

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