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金色堂堂内諸像及び天蓋
Konjikido-Donai-Shozo-and-Tengai
(Statues and Canopy inside Konjiki-do)

Designation National Treasure
Classification Sculpture
Designated Date June 8,2004
Designation in detail Wooden Amida-Nyorai and statues of Attendant on both sides (June 28, 1956 ,designated Important cultural assets ),
Wooden Tengai(canopy)designated National Treasure ,arts and crafts
Amount  
Address Aza-Koromonoseki,Hiraizumi
Holder Konjiki-in
Retainer  
Administrator  
HomePage Hiraizumi's Cultural Heritage

Summary

[middle altar]

1 wooden Amida Nyorai statue and 2 bodies of attendant statues,
6 wooden Jizo-Bosatsu standing statues,
2 wooden Niten-O standing statues
1 wooden canopy

[left altar]

1 wooden Amida Nyorai statue and 2 bodies of attendant statues,
6 wooden Jizo-Bosatsu standing statues,
2 wooden Niten-O standing statues
1 wooden canopy

[right altar]

2 wooden Kannon-Seishi-Bosatsu standing statues
6 wooden Jizo-Bosatsu standing statues,
2 wooden Niten-O standing statues
1 wooden canopy

[addition]

1 wooden Amida Nyorai statues on the right altar,
1 set of wooden Kohai-daiza (halo- pedestal), etc. ( broken parts )

Heights 78~50cm (2 statues of Kiyohira’s altar in the middle are the largest, Motohira’s altar on the left is the smallest, among 32 statues)

They are all wooden, joined wood-blocks sculptures, and three statues of Amida are made of hinoki (sypress).Jizo and Niten statues are made of Katsura (Japanese Judas tree)
Using lacquer for base, and gold leaf embossing for finishing.
There are 32 statues laid on the platform of Konjikido (Kiyohira on the middle, Motohira on the left, Hidehira on the right beneath) .
Centering on each three Amida Statues, there are 6 Jizo statues on both sides and Niten (two statures of Jikoku-ten, Zoucho-ten) in front of them.
Kiyohira’s altar in the middle was built at the time of Konjikido establishment, and the altar of Motohira’s and Hidehira’s were built after following the model.
The style of the central altar is so graceful and magnificent that harmonized with the beauty of the inner Hall.
These art crafts are said to be made approximately from the era of Tenpo to early Kamakura period. Therefore it is possible to overlook the transition of artistic styles, through these precious examples.
It is also very unique to see the Triad of Amida with the combination of 6 Jizo statues together. However there have been some suspicion that the position of statues might have been moved around within the three altars.
Inside of Konjikido Hall, the first lord Kiyohira commissioned in 1124, Shumidan platform with a coffin containing his body was installed, and eleven statues laid on top. Later, two other Shumidan were built for the remains of Motohira and Hidehira, and the same structured statues were laid in the same way.
Most of the statues except some lost ones still remain and became the Valuable Important Properties.
According to the recent investigation, the technique and the structure of statues have been revealed, and the research technique for the restoration of the original platform has developed. On this foundation, they are upgraded to be National Treasure all together, which was previously designated as Important Cultural Assets in June 28, 1956.

(Shumidan) a platform or dais for Buddhist image, originally. In here, mummified bodies are enshrined inside )