Slow Walk Illustrated Guide


Zentsu-ji Tanjo-in Birthplace Complex (West Temple)

Head portion of a Tathagata statue



This is the head portion of a Tathagata statue. It is a clay figure that is made of clay containing strands of hay. Although only the head portion of the statue remains due to fire caused during combat by Miyoshi Jikkyu in 1558, it is believed that the massive statue measured 480 cm or 392 cm in size. Its facial features are quite distinct, and it bears a dignified countenance as seen in its turbulent eyes, pursed lips, and its richly formed cheeks, etc., which are reminiscent of the styles of the Tempyo era of the mid-Nara period, and it is estimated that it was built in the latter half of the 8th Century. It is believed that Kobo Daishi also prayed to this statue of Tathagata during his childhood.

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Molded: 46.4 cm in total height


Nara Period


Zentsu-ji Treasure Hall, 3-3-1 Zentsuji-cho, Zentsuji City, Kagawa Prefecture