|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Thursday, February 22, 2018
|Buddha Head - National Treasure from Kohfuku|
Buddha Head, Asuka period, 7th century (Kohfukuji, Nara, National Treasure).
TOKYO, JAPAN.-The Tokyo National Museum presents Buddha Head - National Treasure from Kohfukuji, on view through October 16, 2005. A special feature of the Buddha Head of Kohfukuji. The Buddha Head often appears in textbooks to represent the Hakuho period sculptures. In Japanese history, the Hakuho period (late Asuka period) was when the first history books and the poetry anthology "Manyoshu" were born, and when the classical culture was at its height. As also seen in the wall paintings of the Takamatsuzuka Tumulus, this period is known for the vivid artistic expressions. With the calmness of its gaze and the youthful contours of its face, the Buddha Head from Kohfukuji brings us the image of a young nobleman from long ago.
On October 30, 1937, the head of a Buddhist statue was found from inside the pedestal of the statue of Yakushi Nyorai (Bhaisajyaguru), the principle image at the East Main Hall of Kohfukuji that was under repair. It was the head of the statue which was the principle image of the hall during the Kamakura period, when Kohfukuji was revitalized. It was formerly the principle image of the lecture hall of Yamada-dera temple in Asuka.
Yamada-dera was founded by Soganokura no Yamada no Ishikawamaro, a figure who took an active part in the Taika Reform in 645. Later he committed suicide, being accused of plotting a rebellion. The statue was made to pray for his soul.
Record tells that the casting of the gilt bronze statue began in 678, and the ceremony of its completion was held in 685. The statue was said to have been burnt down together with the East Main Hall in 1400, but the head had miraculously survived.
Its noble feature with the eyes that appear to gaze far beyond reminds that of a youth. This statue truly represents Hakuho art, by which the fine arts of Japan reached a new stage with influence from the early Tang art from China.
September 22, 2005
Jeppe Hein Opens at Art Gallery of New South Wales
Marc Chagall, The Black Glove, 1923-48
Dialogues: Duchamp, Cornell, Johns, Rauschenberg
Designs That Protect Body and Mind
Drawn Together Exhibition Features Girolamo da Carpi
Hispanic Heritage Month Hosted by Governor Bush
Buddha Head - National Treasure from Kohfuku
Hero's Funeral Cast on Show at Apsley House
Come Together at Art. Music. Performance
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- The Morgan explores the Medieval world's fascinating approach to the passage of time
2.- Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala
3.- Egyptian archaeologists unveil tomb of Old Kingdom priestess Hetpet
4.- The Speed Art Museum and Italian Ministry reach loan agreement on ancient calyx-krater
5.- Major exhibition features artistic masterpieces from the glorious Church of the Gesù
6.- From Beowulf to Chaucer, the British Library makes 1,000 years of rich literary history freely available online
7.- Truck damages Peru's ancient Nazca lines
8.- Trish Duebber is new Coordinator of Youth Programs at Boca Raton Museum Art School
9.- Exhibition examines the way art, like language, was used to articulate a rhetoric of exclusion
10.- The Dallas Museum of Art announces gift of three major European works
Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York
Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures
Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year
China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction
Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere
Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport
Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff
Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold
Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu dArt Contemporani de Barcelona Award
The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.