Scale Reproduction of the Standing Figure of Shō Kannon Bosatsu [Skt. Arya Avalokiteśvara] Belonging to Tendaiji Temple in Iwate Prefecture.
Sculptor: Nakamura Shino
The original statue is known as the ‘Keisei Kannon’ and is well known for being the standard example of the natabori technique. In natabori the marks of the round chisel used in the carving are left exposed and it is most commonly seen in works dating from the mid-Heian (794–1185) to Kamakura periods (1185–1333). There is some debate as to whether natabori are unfinished works or whether they constitute a specific style and if so, what it is intended to express. Various theories have been proposed, but with regard to this work, the back of the work has been carved using a flat chisel while the front and sides show the marks of a round chisel so it would appear likely that the entire work was carved using a flat chisel, then a round chisel employed to purposely add the chisel marks. This would mean that the round chisel marks were considered a type of finish. The reproduction uses the same katsura [Cercidiphyllum japonicum] timber as the original and is sixty percent of its size.