Figuratively sculpted sandstone depiction of a seated Kukai (774-835, known posthumously as Kobo Daishi), the right hand holding a sankosho (three-pronged vajra) and the left a juju (Buddhist rosary), two of Kobo Daishi's defining attributes. Late-Edo Period ca. 1825. Excellent condition. Variegated lichen accumulation.
Height: 38 cm
Width: 32 cm
Depth: 20 cm.
Founder of the Japanese Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism, creator of the kana syllabary still used in modern written Japanese, and master calligrapher, Kobo Daishi heads the list of Japan's great cultural heroes.
A sizable, well-sculpted Edo-Period Kobo Daishi stone in excellent condition.