Name/TitlePensive bodhisattva made in Japan, Chūgūji NT
About this objectThis painted camphorwood statue shows a bodhisattva in pensive mode, an iconography that had travelled from Gandhāra through China and Korea. The statue is held in Chūgūji (中宮寺) a Buddhist nunnery that was founded by Prince Shōtoku (574–622) in memory of his mother, Empress Anahobe no Hashihito (穴穂部間人皇女, ?-622), repurposing her palace residence. Prince Shōtoku promoted Buddhism in Japan in its early years.
Date MadeSecond half of the 7th century
Subject and Association KeywordsArrivals
Subject and Association KeywordsTravelling bodhisattvas
Subject and Association DescriptionLearn more: Lee 1993: Leidy 1990.