Slow Walk Illustrated Guide


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

Seated Statue of Cintamanicakra



This is a seated statue of Cintamanicakra. As his name indicates, "Cintamanicakra" makes use of the powers of his wish-fulfilling jewel rosary and wheel-like Buddhist implement that can defeat earthly desires in order to bring salvation to the people. Possessing six arms, this statue assumes a seated posture while keeping one knee up. The jewel rosary and Buddhist wheel that he had originally been holding have been lost. Made of wood, a "gyokugan" (crystal eye) technique has been used for its eyes, and its surface has been painted with vermilion-colored Japanese lacquer, and it has been finished using gold leaf. While the sculpting method used for its combed up hair and the accurate modeling of its twisted hips provide an impression that is similar to that of the photo-realistic methods found in styles used for the Kamakura period, as can be seen in the slight stiffness found in such features as the fleshiness of its cheeks, it can be assumed that it was built during the early Edo period while being modeled after the styles used for the Kamakura period.

Designated Section


Wooden statue: 92.0cm in height


Edo Period


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