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木造騎獅文殊菩薩及脇侍像(経蔵安置)
Wooden Kishi-Monju-Bosatsu Statue and Attendants Statues (Monju-Bosatsu on Lion and 4 Attendants) in Kyozo

 
Designation National Important Cultural properties
Classification Sculpture
Designated Date June 15, 1995
Amount 5
Address Aza-Koromonoseki, Hiraizumi
Holder Daichouju-in
Retainer  
Administrator Chuson-ji
HomePage Hiraizumi's Cultural Heritage
Chuson-ji HomePage

Summary
Statue height : Monju-Bosatsu 65.2cm
  Zenzai-douji 56.5cm
  Uten-Oh 75.7cm
  Buddha Bari 69.9cm
  Daiseija-nin 74.8cm

It is the principal image of worship in Kyozo, designated as National Important Property.
It is most likely built in order to protect and preserve “So-Han-Issaikyo Sutra” which was dedicated by Motohira (deceased in 1157), the second lord of Oshu Fujiwara family.
It is the oldest example of the images of Monju-five-statues manifested in Mt. Godaisan, China. Also, it is the precious example statue using Gyoku-gan (crystal eyes) in early time, prior to the Kamakura period.

(Gyoku-gan came into fashion in Kamakura period )