Reproduction of the Standing Figure of the Eleven-faced Kannon Bosatsu [Skt. Ekadaza mukha] Belonging to Shōrinji Temple in Nara Prefecture.

Sculptor: Zhu Ruolin (2014)

This statue was originally enshrined in Daigorinji Temple, which was attached to a particularly old shrine situated in Nara Prefecture, but was moved to its present site during the Meiji period as a result of the ‘Edict on the Separation of Shinto and Buddhism’ that was issued in 1868. With a towering body and heavily accented robes, its eyes seem to focus a distant scene and it presents an atmosphere of great dignity.

It was made using the mokushin kanshitu [wood-core dry lacquer] technique, which consists of a wooden base that has kokuso-urushi (a paste consisting of wood or plant fiber combined with flour and lacquer) applied to it to create the form, and which was commonly employed during the Nara period (710–794). The interior of the wooden core has been carved out with tunnel-like holes through the stomach and back sections while the long tenons on the feet continue from the knees through to the lotus petals of the pedestal.