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Wooden Standing Statues of Zao Gongen (6 Statues of Zao Avatar Enshrined at the Inner Sanctuary)

Unknown11th - 12th Century Heian Period

Mt. Mitoku Sanbutsu ji Temple

Mt. Mitoku Sanbutsu ji Temple
Misasa-cho, Touhaku District, Japan

Six Zao Gongen statues are enshrined together with the central figure at Nageiredo Hall. All are Important Cultural Properties and are made from one piece of hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood. A recent scientific investigation concluded that the timber of one of the statues was felled in 1025, making it the oldest Zao Gongen statue. Since it is likely that the statue was made when Nageiredo Hall was founded, it indicates the time of the hall's establishment.

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  • Title: Wooden Standing Statues of Zao Gongen (6 Statues of Zao Avatar Enshrined at the Inner Sanctuary)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 11th - 12th Century Heian Period
  • Type: Artworks and Crafts
  • External Link: http://www.mitokusan.jp/sanbutsuji.html

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