Restoration of Seated Statue of Aizen Myō-ō [Skt. Rāgarāja] Belonging to Shōrenji Temple, Kanagawa Prefecture
鎌倉時代 修復年 2009年〜2010年
Many temples and shrines collapsed or were destroyed by fire during the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923, resulting in immense damage to various cultural properties including Buddhist statues. This statue is one of those. Despite severe damage, it had been carefully stored until it came to our laboratory for restoration.
This statue would appear to have been created during the Kamakura period (1185–1333), but when it arrived at the laboratory, the damage was so severe it was difficult to ascertain its original form.
The parts that had been destroyed by woodworm were replaced with new sections carved from Japanese cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa) to fit exactly. In order to achieve this, data acquired through 3D scanning was fed into an CNC milling machine to produce the necessary parts.
Following its restoration, this statue was returned to Shōrenji Temple eighty-nine years after the Great Kantō Earthquake, which by a curious coincidence was also the year that the Great East Japan Earthquake struck the country.