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Enku's Buddhas: Sculptures from Senkoji Temple and the Hida Region

Enku's Buddhas: Sculptures from Senkoji Temple and the Hida Region
Honkan Room T5   January 12, 2013 (Sat) - April 7, 2013 (Sun)

  
Seated Ryomen Sukuna, By Enku, Edo period, 17th century, Senkouji, Gifu

Enku (1632-95) was a Buddhist monk and sculptor who is said to have carved 120,000 Buddhist statues in his lifetime while making pilgrimages to sacred mountains all over Japan. Using wood from forests in the places he visited, Enku readily created Buddhist statues. Many of his statues are unpainted and clearly show knots in the wood as well as places where the wood was chopped or chiseled. Conveying the wood’s vitality, Enku’s unostentatious statues of Buddha were favored by villagers from the Edo period (1603-1868) onward, and even today they attract many admirers. This exhibition introduces 100 Enku’s statues from Takayama City in Gifu prefecture, with a focus on 61Enku's statues from Senkouji temple, including the Seated Ryomen Sukuna, a prized statue of a two-faced deity. There are also statues with the inscribed names of mountains Enku climbed, including Mount Hotaka and Mount Norikura. Standing like trees in the exhibition room, Enku’s statues evoke the atmosphere of Hida’s forests.

General Information

Period Saturday, January 12 - Sunday, April 7, 2013
Venue Honkan Room T5, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30 - 17:00 (Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Fridays on March and April until 20:00
Saturday, April 6, Sunday April 7 until 18:00
Closed Mondays
(Except for Monday, January 14 and Monday, February 11)
Admission Adults: 900 (800) yen
University students: 700 (600) yen
High school students: 400 (300) yen
Junior high school students and under: Free
* Prices shown in ( ) indicate advance and group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
* Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each.
* Advance tickets will be sale at the Museum ticket office (during museum hours, 30 minutes before closing hour), e-Ticket Pia (P-code:765-365), Lawson Ticket (L-code:31632), E-Plus and other major ticketing agencies from Monday , Octorber 1, 2012 to Friday, January 11, 2013.
* Special exhibition "Wang Xizhi: Master Calligrapher" (Tuesday, January 22 - Sunday, March 3, 2013, Heiseikan) requires a separate admission fee.
Access 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
Organizer Tokyo National Museum, Senkouji Temple, The Yomiuri Shimbun, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc.,
With the special assistance of Takayama City, Takayama City Board of Education
With the Support of Gifu Prefectural Government
General Inquiries 03-5405-8686 (Hello Dial)
Exhibition Website http://enku2013.jp/ (In Japanese)
The website has closed with the end of the exhibition.

Related Events

Heiseikan Auditorium  January 26, 2013 (Sat)   13:30 - 15:00   RESERVE_FINISH
Heiseikan Auditorium  March 9, 2013 (Sat)   13:30 - 15:00   RESERVE_FINISH

Highlight of the Exhibition

 

Seated Ryomen Sukuna   Seated Ryomen Sukuna
Edo period, 17th century
Overall height: 86.9cm
Senkoji, Gifu

 

Standing Fudo Myo'o (Acala) with two child attendants
Edo period, 17th century
Overall heights: 95.8cm (Fudo); 62.3cm (Kongara); 58.8cm (Seitaka)
Senkoji, Gifu
  Standing Fudo Myo'o (Acala) with two child attendants

 

Standing Thirty-three Kannon (Avalokitesvara)   Standing Thirty-three Kannon (Avalokitesvara)
Edo period, 17th century
Overall heights: 61.0cm – 82.0cm
Senkoji, Gifu

 

Seated arhat Binzuru (Pindola) Seated Kakinomoto no Hitomaro
Seated arhat Binzuru (Pindola)
Edo period, 17th century
Overall height: 47.4cm
Senkoji, Gifu
Seated Kakinomoto no Hitomaro
Edo period, 17th century
Overall height: 50.2cm
Higashiyama Shinmei Jinja, Gifu

 

Shinto deity Ugajin Standing Karura (Garuda, also Karasu Tengu) One of the Eight Great Dragon Kings
Shinto deity Ugajin
Edo period, 17th century
Overall height: 19.8cm
Senkoji, Gifu
Standing Karura (Garuda, also Karasu Tengu)
Edo period, 17th century
Overall height: 30.0cm
Senkoji, Gifu
One of the Eight Great Dragon Kings
Edo period, 17th century
Overall height: 16.7cm
Senkoji, Gifu

 

Standing Fudo Myo'o (Acala) Seated Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu (Cintamanicakra) Seated Aizen Myo'o (Ragaraja)
Standing Fudo Myo'o (Acala)
Edo period, 17th century
Overall height: 172.8cm
Sogenji, Gifu
Seated Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu (Cintamanicakra)
Edo period, 17th century
Overall height: 74.8cm
Higashiyama Hakusan Jinja, Gifu
Seated Aizen Myo'o (Ragaraja)
Edo period, 17th century
Overall height: 67.4cm
Reisenji, Gifu

 

 

Thousand-armed Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara)   Standing Thousand-armed Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara)
Edo period, 17th century Overall height: 114.3cm
Seihoji, Gifu

 

Left:Standing Dragon Head Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara)
Edo period, 17th century
Overall height: 158.3cm
Seihoji, GIfu

Right:Standing Sho-Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara)
Edo period, 17th century
Overall height: 156.8cm
Seihoji, GIfu
  Standing Dragon Head Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara),Standing Sho-Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara)

 

Standing Kongo Rikishi (Ungyo of Nio pair) Standing Kangiten (Ganesha) with shrine
Standing Kongo Rikishi (Ungyo of Nio pair)
Edo period, 17th century
Overall height: 226.0cm
Senkoji, Gifu
Standing Kangiten (Ganesha) with shrine
Edo period, 17th century
Overall heights: Kangiten 13.5cm
Senkoji, Gifu

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