Slow Walk Illustrated Guide
Zentsu-ji Tanjo-in Birthplace Complex (West Temple)
This is a standing statue of Amitabha Tathagata. This statue of Amitabha Tathagata stands as it forms a "raigo-in" gesture (welcoming gesture). It exhibits distinct features as can be seen in its eyes and nose, and it can be distinguished by its innocent, child-like facial expression. It has been formed through pure casting by which copper has been poured into a back-to-back outer-mold, and as it bears an inscription on the lower part of its rear surface, it can be identified that it was built in 1310 based on offerings made by the Saeki clan. The "Saeki clan" is the clan from which Kobo Daishi (Kukai) originated from, and there is a possibility that the descendants of this clan were involved in its construction.
Copper statue: 59.2cm in height
Kamakura Period; Enkyo 3 (1310)
Zentsu-ji Treasure Hall, 3-3-1 Zentsuji-cho, Zentsuji City, Kagawa Prefecture