Important Cultural Property
Wood, colored, carved eyes
Heian period/10th century
Kyushu National Museum
It has a large chignon and a crown base. It wears Johaku (a cloth over the shoulder), Kun (skirt), Koshinuno (a cloth wrapped around the hips) and Tenne (a long cloth). The left arm is bent with a water jar (a later addition) in the left hand, while the right arm drops down with the palm facing forward and the third finger slightly bent. It stands on a lotus pedestal with the hips slightly twisted to the left and the right knee slightly bent. The head and body part is carved out of one piece of kaya lumber. The inside is not hollowed out. Round mortise joints are used to make the image stand. Although the surface of the image is covered with old-looking colors, these colors were probably added later. It seems that the surface (one layer) of the face was re-carved at one time.
The physique is thick and stout with square shoulders. The clothes have the characteristics of the statues of the early Heian period, such as the Honpa-type lines (a pattern of repeating large and small waves in an alternating manner) with sharp ridges. However, since the relief is shallow, it seems that it was created in the early tenth century. The provenance of this image is unknown.
The attached halo is a colored dual halo made of Japanese cypress, comprising Kyoshinko (life-size light) and Kokyaku (receptor of Kyoshinko). The patterns on the halo are painted. This type of halo is called Itakohai (wooden halo). Although it has much in common with the wooden halos of the ninth century that were handed down to Taimadera Temple in Katsuragi, Nara, this one has a more advanced style, such as the integration of the head light and body light in surrounding area. However, the body and the halo of this image do not constitute a set; the image with the halo was not created as part of other Buddha images. Both are typical works of the tenth century.