Reproduction of the Standing Figure of Miroku Bosatsu [Skt. Maitreya] Belonging to Tōdaiji Chūsho-in Temple in Nara Prefecture. 

Sculptor: Kojima Hisanori (2013)

The original statue is enshrined in Tōdaiji Chūsei-in Temple and from the objects discovered inside it, we know that it was sculpted between 1190 and 1199. The sharp, slanted eyes and the billowing robes mean that it is classified as being ‘Song dynasty style’, but there are various unusual aspects to this work, such as the spiral-shaped navel and the fact that a different timber was purposely used in the section where the legs are inserted in the body. When actually making the reproduction, it became clear that its unusual structure resulted from the fact that it was originally made standing straight but then the sculptor changed the structure to make it lean forward slightly, as if it were on the verge of walking away. It is thought that this invention originated to inspire the followers of Miroku faith who lived in the southern capital and were waiting for the appearance of a living Buddha. Furthermore, this work, that is the result of an exhaustive process of trial and error, was to have a discernible influence on the subsequent work of the Zenpa school of sculptors, so much so that it can be described as the prototype of the Zenpa school and there is a strong possibility that it marks the juncture where the Keiha and Zenpa schools separated. 

​用材​

​粗彫り

​中彫り

​木取り

​制作の様子

​原本像に合わせ足を別材にする

​別材の下腿部材

​下腿部材の組付け​

​原本像に合わせ右膝を別材にする

​すべてのパーツを並べた状態

​原本像に合わせ腹部を別材にする

​頭部の前傾前

​頭部の前傾後

​木地の完成​

​箔押し後

​箔押し後の下腿部材

頭頂部からの玉眼調整

​復元した天衣

​古色付け

80%サイズの構造模型

​模刻像の完成

​構造推定図

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