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木造大日如来坐像
Wooden Dainichi-Nyorai Seated Statue

 
Designation National Important Cultural properties
Classification Sculpture
Designated Date April 6, 1929
Amount 1
Address Aza-Koromonoseki,Hiraizumi
Holder Konkou-in
Retainer  
Administrator Chuson-ji
HomePage Hiraizumi's Cultural Heritage

Summary

Statue height : 95.4cm
It is a wooden, Yoseki-zukuri (joined wood-block) statue. It is lacquered and gold-foiled.
It has Rakei (Spiral shaped curly hair) and Tenkan-dai(A decorative band around the head)carving, and carving of a hair line is infrequent.
It has also Chogan (Eyes carved directly into the surface of a wooden sculpture) carving and Hakugo (white curled hair on forehead ).
The both hands posed with Chiken-no-in (knowledge-fist mudra) with wearing Jouhaku (a decorative scarf) and Mo (a skirt-like garment covering the lower part).
Both legs are folded with Kekka-fuza(meditation posture)with right leg on top.
The work of lacquered and gold-foiled has been done later.
Daiza is wooden, lacquered and gold-foiled and four layers, arabesque pattern of twisting vines carved in front of Shiki-nasu(the bulging sphere below the lotus petals). It was restored later.
The Halo is Rinkou(a free-standing ring around the head). It was also restored and renovated later.
The particular artistic technique of Fujiwara culture can be observed in this graceful expression of elegant features, like a round face, soft hands and the smooth line of garments showing the knees on the meditation posture.
It is said to be the Honzon (the principal image of worship) of the lost three-storied pagoda.