Standing Bodhisattva

UnknownAsuka period, 7th century

Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts

Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
Osaka, Japan

This standing bodhisattva holding a jewel sphere in front of its body with both hands was excavated in 1895 from the site of Yokoi-ji temple, Nara. A wadokaichin coin and a mirror with mountain, cloud and phoenix design were found in the same excavation. It is thought that both the sculpture’s head and the lotus pedestal are repaired additions made after the excavation. The exact positions of the Yokoi-ji temple structures are unknown, but the complex is surmised to have been built in the Asuka period. The features of this figure are essentially symmetrical right and left, and the flatness of the back surface gives the image a strong sense of frontality. The tenne scarves cross in front of the figure’s knees, while the ends of these scarves hang from both arms spread in a fish fin-like ripple form, all elements typical of the Tori style of sculpture.


  • Title: Standing Bodhisattva
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Asuka period, 7th century
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Title(Japanese): 金銅 菩薩立像
  • Physical Dimensions: h19.9 cm
  • Period(Japanese): 飛鳥 7世紀
  • Excavation(Japanese): 奈良・横井廃寺出土
  • Credit Line(Japanese): 田万コレクション
  • Classification of Important Cultural Properties of Japan: Important Cultural Property
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Taman Collection, Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
  • Medium: Gilt bronze

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