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EDO Japanese Gilt-wood SEI KANNON Bosatsu Buddha

EDO Japanese Gilt-wood SEI KANNON Bosatsu Buddha

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Made by Yosegi Zukuri Technique, this Bunkyu Period-dated and signed(1861) Edo Sei Kannon is a great and rare Buddhist Statue resemblant of the Bakumatsu period prior to modern Meiji Japan. Read in "Oofutsu...Bunkyu Gannen Aki" which probably means the creation date of the piece which is translated into year 1861.

Yosegi Zukuri. Joined-Block Technique, Assembled-Wood Method. Also read Yoseki Zukuri. Statues are made from several pieces of timber and then joined together. A major carving technique introduced in the later half of the 10th century, which reached its apogee with Unkei (1148 - 1223 AD), one of Japan's most highly acclaimed sculptors. Instead of using one solid piece of wood, the statue is carved in a piecemeal fashion from partially hollow blocks of wood. First, the individual body parts are carved roughly and separately. Second, the pieces are assembled, and only then, thirdly, does detailed carving begin. This new method had various advantages. Not only was it faster, allowing several artists to work in tandem on different parts, but also the final sculpture was much lighter than one carved from a single block of wood. The assembled-wood technique also satisfied conditions for systematized mass-production (i.e., the ability to produce large quantities of statues with standard specifications). By the late Heian era, large-scale projects involving dozens, even hundreds, of statues were commissioned. Moreover, the technique allowed Japan's artisans to create ever-larger statues of the Buddhist divinities. Finally, in the centuries that followed, the prefabricated nature of the individual body parts allowed temples to quickly repair or replace damaged or destroyed body parts -- e.g., placing the undamaged head of an older statue (whose body was ruined by fire or earthquake) onto another statue whose body was still in good repair. Excerpt from:

Measurements: Height x Width x Depth = 17 x 12 x 10 cm

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