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Gilt Bronze Buddhist Statues, Halos and Repoussé Buddhist Images

"Gilt Bronze Buddhist Statues, Halos and Repoussé Buddhist Images"

The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures Room 2  January 2, 2021 (Sat) - April 11, 2021 (Sun)

  
Queen Maya and Heavenly Beings (detail), Treasures from Horyu-ji, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)

All of the 48 works of gilt bronze Buddhist statues in the Hōryūji Treasures are no more then 30–40 cm in height, and many of them are believed to have been used for private worship by local rulers. The halos date from around the same time as these gilt bronze statues, but they are displayed separately.
Repoussé Buddhist images could be mass-produced by placing a thin sheet of bronze over a relief image of a Buddhist divinity and hammering it into shape. In Japan, repoussé images flourished from the second half of the 7th to the early 8th century and were mostly hung on the walls of temple halls or kept in small shrines for private worship. The repoussé Buddhist images among the Hōryūji Treasures are a very important collection, not only in terms of age and number, but also for the variety of images.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 7 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Important Cultural Property Standing Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara) Asuka period, dated 651 N-165
Important Cultural Property Nyorai (Buddha) and two attendants Three Kingdoms period, 6th-7th century, Korea N-143 On exhibit through March 21, 2021
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Amida (Amitabha) and Two Attendants Asuka period, 7th century N-144
_MD_EXPLANATION Important Cultural Property Seated Buddha, Painted red inside Asuka period, 7th century N-145 On exhibit through January 11, 2021
Important Cultural Property Bosatsu (Bodhisattva) Seated with One Leg Pendent Asuka period, 7th century N-159 On exhibit through January 11, 2021
_MD_EXPLANATION Important Cultural Property Queen Maya and Heavenly Beings Treasures from Horyu-ji Asuka period, 7th century N-191
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Amida (Amitabha) Triad and Two Priests, Made by hammering copper plates Asuka period, 7th century N-198
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