Japan, Heian Period (794-1185) / Nikko, the Sun Bodhisattva / c. 800Japan, Heian Period (794-1185)
Nikko, the Sun Bodhisattva
c. 800

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Name-CRT: Japan, Heian Period (794-1185)
Title: Nikko, the Sun Bodhisattva
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 795
Creation End Date: 805
Creation Date: c. 800
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: wood (carved from one block of Japanese yew)
Dimensions: Overall: 46.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1961.48
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Provenance: (Mrs. Inosuke Setsu)
Style or Period: Japan, Heian Period (794-1185)
Context: Identified by the disk at the base of the elaborately dressed hair, Nikko, the Sun Bodhisattva, is carved in a single-block technique (ichiboku) characteristic of early Japanese sculpture and distinct from the joined-block method (yosegi) developed later. The influence of Chinese Tang dynasty (ad 618-960) sculpture was widespread among Central and East Asian countries and is evident in Japanese sculpture from the late 700s and early 800s. Through symbolic hand gestures (mudras), this serene image both teaches (vitarka) and bestows gifts (varada). The full, well-proportioned figure with drapery that follows the natural contours of the body epitomizes the grace and naturalism admired in Tang sculpture as it was transformed by an anonymous Japanese sculptor during the early years of the 9th century.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1961.48
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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