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Wooden Bosatsu Bodhisattva Nagarebutsu Heian 12 c.

Wooden Bosatsu Bodhisattva Nagarebutsu Heian 12 c.


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1492: Item # 1087447

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Standing Bosatsu (probably Kannon) nagarebutsu (lit. flowing Buddha) sculpted from a single piece of wood (ichiboku-zukuri), originally finished in lacquer and gilt. Late-Heian Period ca. 1100. Stable condition, i.e., fumigated against further intrusions by wood-devouring insects.

Height, including block-form dais appearing in the first photograph: 127 cm
Height of nagarebutsu only: 106 cm

Hailing from Tashinji Temple in Tanba, Hyogo Prefecture, this large-scale standing bodhisattva nagarebutsu bears the structural and stylistic hallmarks of a late-Heian Period manufacture. A desirable, highly collectible example of type.