Restoration of Shaka Nyorai (Skt. Sakya Tathagata) statue belonging to a private collector

Introduction
This time, we received a request for the restoration of a privately owned statue. The statue of Sakyamuni is based on the sutras and comes in a variety of forms such as birth, preaching and nirvana. The object of restoration this time was also a seated image of Shakyamuni Buddha with a sermon mark. It is a beautiful statue that is thought to have been made in the late Heian period, based on its shallow clothing pattern and calm carving mouth.

Main Staff

Suzuki Atsushi

Masuda Yoshiki

Kojima Hisanori

Before the restoration​

The main part of this statue is divided into two blocks, front and back. In addition, a technique called "warikubi" is used, in which the head is removed with a blade. Both arms and legs are built from different blocks, and the right elbow to tip and both hands are also built from different materials.

The left hand is on the knee with the palm facing upwards and the right hand is palm forward. This is called “semuiyogan-in". The sitting position is "goumaza" with the left leg up. The clothes are worn in a way known as "modanduken," which exposes the right side of the body.

Before the restoration, we carefully observed the statue and carefully examined which areas should be fixed and which should not be fixed. This time, we felt that the modeling of the right arm was uncomfortable, so we discussed it with other staff members and found that it was compensated for in a later period. Others, such as the earlobes and some of the fingertips, were supplemented in later times.

​右腕の構造

​後補の指先​

​後補の耳朶(耳たぶ)

 まずはじめにガス燻蒸を行い、文化財害虫を退治しました(施工:イカリ消毒株式会社)。次にクリーニングによって汚れを落としつつ、漆層が剥がれているところには剥落止めを施します。

ガス燻蒸のためのテント

 どうしても形に違和感のある後補箇所は除去し新たに作り直しますが、そうでない後補部分はそのまま活かします。

作り直した部分には漆下地を施し、金箔を押し、まわりと馴染むように古色を施します。(現在は漆下地の段階です)。

新たに造った裳先

新たに造った右腕や指先

新たに造った耳朶

 今回の修復では、後の時代の塗膜が分厚く、後補箇所を特定するのが難しいところもありました。しかしながら、違和感を取り去り、長い年月を経た自然な姿に戻すことができたと感じています。今年は研究報告発表展を開催することができずとても残念ですが、完成時には皆様にお披露目できることを願っています。

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