Scale Reproduction of the Seated Figure of Yakushi Nyorai [Skt. Bhaisajyaguru] Belonging to Sōrinji Temple in Miyagi Prefecture.
Sculptor: Kojima Hisanori, Nakamura Tsuneyoshi, Shirao Kanako (2015)
Sōrinji Temple in Kurihara City, Miyagi Prefecture is an old temple, situated on a hill known as Mt. Yakushi, it was founded in 760 by Imperial order of Empress Kōken. The statue of Yakushi Nyorai that is enshrined in the temple has a massive feel, it has broad shoulders and sturdy legs, with regularly ordered folds in the robe, demonstrating all the characteristics of a statue created in the early Heian period (794–1185). Made from zelkova (Zelkova serrata) wood, which was often employed in the Tōhoku region, it has been carved from a single block and has not been hollowed out. This reproduction is thirty-five percent the size of the original (measured by height) and in order to make it as close as possible, the core of the wood was placed in exactly the same position.