Go around the world of Buddha statues 1: My favorite Buddha statue. At the beginning of this series.


the head of Gakkō Bosatsu(Bodhisattva)       

< the head of Gakkō Bosatsu(Bodhisattva) >

A series of ” Go around the world of Buddha statues ” starts.

Each time, I post the photo of Buddha statues and a simple explanation.

We see around the Buddha statues in Japan, China, India, South Korea, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia.

「仏像を巡って」の連載を始めます。

毎回、仏像の写真と簡単な説明を載せます。

日本を中心に中国、インド、韓国、中央アジア、東南アジアを巡ります。

 

 Three statues of a Yakushi Nyorai(Tathāgata) and two Bodhisattvas in Yakushi-ji( Temple), Nara: a bronze casting in the early 8th century

<Three statues of a Yakushi Nyorai(Tathāgata) and two Bodhisattvas in Yakushi-ji( Temple), Nara: a bronze casting in the early 8th century >

 

My favorite a Buddha statue

These Buddha statues shined in gold at first.

The central statue is a Nyorai(Tathāgata), and indicates Buddha.

The statue of both sides is a Bosatu(Bodhisattva), and a practicing person that is ranked second in importance to Buddha.

This Nyorai(Buddha) and Bosatu(Bodhisattva) have the many names.

These statues were made after about one century since a Buddha statue was handed down to Japan.

Then, making of Buddha statue developed till the Kamakura period, at the 13th century.

I like the Gakkō Bosatsu (bodhisattva) of this left-hand side.

In fact, I do not understand the difference between Bosatsu of right side and left side.

I was charmed by the name of “the moonlight”.

私の好きな仏像

この仏像は最初、光背のような金色に輝いていた。

中央の像は如来で、仏陀を現しています。

両側の像は菩薩で、修行中の仏陀に次ぐ人です。

如来や菩薩には幾多の名前があり、大乗仏教の経典により異なります。

この三尊像は日本に仏像が伝わってから約1世紀後に作られたものです。

この後、鎌倉時代、13世紀まで作風は発展して行きます。

私は、この左側の月光菩薩が好きです。

実は、私には左右の月光・日光菩薩の違いはわからないのです。

「月の光」の名前に惹かれたのです。

 

same as above 

< same as above >

 

 Gakkō Bosatsu, 2.5m in height 

< Gakkō Bosatsu, 2.5m in height >

 It is impressive with burnished black skin, a graceful carriage, refined clothes and accessories, a plump face.

I am attracted by long and narrow eyes, with eyes downcast, and a little smile of the mouth.

黒光りする艶やかな肌、柔らかな身のこなし、洗練された衣装と装身具、ふくよかな顔が印象的です。

私は、伏し目がちで切れ長の目、微かに笑みを湛える口元に惹かれます。

 

above-mentioned statues were dedicated in this Yakushi-ji

< above-mentioned statues were dedicated in this Yakushi-ji  >

This temple was built by Emperor in the 7th century.

この寺は、7世紀に天武天皇の命により造営された。

 

At the beginning of this series

The Buddha statue was born in India, and spread on Asia.

We watch the change and the development from the birth of the Buddha statue in Asian each place.

I treat a period from B.C. 1500 to A.D. 1200.

 

 連載のはじめに

仏像はインドで誕生し、アジア各地に広まった。

仏像の誕生からアジア各地への展開、変遷を見ていきます。

紀元前1500年頃から紀元1200年頃までを扱います。

 

The area where Buddha statues are seen in

< The area where Buddha statues are seen in >

At what do I aim in this series?

We investigate what a change of Buddha statues means.

If we understand it, we can understand the meaning of birth of God statue.

We will look at the history of God statue from 30,000 years ago.

By looking at the changes in the Buddha statue and the God statue, we may be able to understand the idolization and the symbolization of supernatural thing.

 

Coming back to the ancient times, I want to start on the journey for intellectual adventure together with you.

  

 連載で目指すこと

仏像の作風の変化が、何を意味するかを探ります。

このことがわかれば、世界の神像誕生の経緯も理解出来るのではないだろうか。

神像の歴史と彫像の歴史は不可分なので、3万年前からの世界各地も扱うことになる。

仏像や神像の変遷から、超自然的なものの偶像化と象徴化を理解出来るかもしれません。

皆さんと一緒に遙か昔へと知的冒険に旅立ちたいと想います。

 

 

 

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  1. Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    Here is first post in a series that ought to be interesting.

    aquacompass 7 seems to blog on whatever interests him. To see where he is coming from, I suggest reading his “About Me” page.

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