Seated Nikko Bosatsu (Suryaprabha)

Organization control number
C-218
Cultural property designation
Important Cultural P
Classification
Sculpture
Era century
Nara period, 8th century
Item shape
Wood-core dry lacquer with gold leaf
Collector
Tokyo National Museum
This sculpture was made by roughly carving the overall shape out of wood, and then applying a paste-like mixture of lacquer and wood pulp to refine the shape and model the surface detail. The apparent softness of the hair and the robes are particularly attractive features of this work. Moreover, influence from Buddhist sculpture of Tang-dynasty China (618–907) can be seen in the sharp, narrow eyes and the full face. (20170102_h012)