Standing Bishamon Ten (Vaisravana)

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Cultural property designation
Important Cultural P
Era century
Heian period, ca. 1162 (Oho 2)
Item shape
Wood with polychromy, cut gold leaf, and inlaid cr
Gift of Mr. Kawabata Ryushi
Tokyo National Museum
The ink inscription enclosed in the statue reveals that it was dedicated on the seventh day of the third month of 1162, and kept at the Jurinin Jibutsudo hall of the now-defunct Nakanogawa temple in Nara. It is one of the most prominent works from the late Heian period in the 12th century. With inlaid crystal eyes, which were a new technique as the time, this statue boasts a style that seems fresh even today. (20170102_h301)