Important Cultural Property
Excavated presumably in Fukuoka Prefecture
Sutra case:Casted gilt bronze, gold plated, pagoda-shape, decorative lid
Sutra case: tatal H 45.6, base D 15.1 Bell: Sutra case: total H 45.6, base D 15.1
Heian period/Eikyū 4(1116)
Nara National Museum
Although it is said to have been excavated from a site close to Dasaifu-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture, other details are not known. This pagoda-shaped copper Kyozutsu (a cylindrical container) consists of three parts (main structure, rooftop and spire), which give it a solid structure. The main structure consists of two parts (the body and a cover called a inrobuta) and lines are inscribed to show a door on the side. The base section of the main structure is one step higher and a circular plate made from copper is fitted on the bottom. Inside the Kozutsu, evidence was found that two Buddha statues and a scroll called a Kyokan (in which Buddhist scriptures are written) were stored inside, in addition to inscriptions using a technique called Harigaki indicating the year 1116.
The form of the rooftop part is called Hogyozukuri and a copper plate line engraving is employed for the descending ridge called Kudarimune. Close to the end, Uzu (decorations) are created and Fuutaku (bells) hang from the edge of the Sumiki (rafters). The two Buddha statues are small copper Nyorai statues and are simply represented in such a way that both shoulders are covered by a cloth. It is assumed that they are Syaka-nyorai and Tahou-nyorai that appear in Buddhist theories known as "Hokekyokenhoutouhon." In addition to the Kyozutsu, a copper bell was also excavated.
Although it is quite a shame that the other details are unknown, it is one of the few excellent pagoda-shaped Kozutsu that has the year inscribed and holds statures inside. Moreover, the Buddha statues are also very valuable as gold plated copper Buddha statues from the Heian Period that specify the era they are from.