A Tenpyō Period (729–748) Gakkō Bosatsu [Skt. Candraprabha] Belonging to Tokyo University of the Arts


This statue is constructed using the mokushin kanshitu (wood-core dry lacquer) technique and is estimated to date from the Nara period (710–794). It is possible that it was originally part of a Yakushi triad that was enshrined at Kōzanji Temple, but the details of its history remains unknown. 

The wooden core inside the statue consists of multiple thin timbers that have been carefully joined together, the form has then been built up using kokuso-urushi (a paste consisting of wood or plant fiber combined with flour and lacquer). The folds in the robes are particularly deep and sharp while the body presents a powerful feeling of depth. Overall, the work presents a marvelous example of modeling, which produces a result quite different to that of the carving in a wooden sculpture. 





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