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. 

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倒壊した円覚寺舎利殿

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​部材の選別​

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​修復前写真(仮組み状態)​

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​朽損部の新補​

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​持物の新補

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​バラバラになった両腕​

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​獅子冠の新補​

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​蓮華座の新補

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​蓮華座の新補

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​蓮弁の制作​

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​蓮華座の組み上げ​

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​完成写真