Thu, Dec 15, 2022
The Tsumugu Project — operated by Japan’s Cultural Affairs Agency, Imperial Household Agency and national daily newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun — will provide financial support to help restore seven cultural assets, including the wooden seated statue of Yakushi Nyorai, a designated national treasure housed at the Shinyakushi-ji temple in Nara city, in fiscal 2023.
Shinyakushi-ji’s seated Yakushi Nyorai, known for its distinctive, wide-open eyes, was carved from a single block of Japanese nutmeg wood using the ichiboku-zukuri technique in the late Nara-early Heian period. Conservators will spend two years to fix the cracks from insect damage found on the base of the statue and to deal with other issues.
Another designated national treasure to be repaired under the project starting next year is a set of documents and texts concerning Heian-period monk Enchin (founder of the Jimon school of the esoteric Tendai Buddhism, otherwise known as Chisho Daishi) housed at the Mi-i-dera temple (also known as Onjo-ji temple) in Shiga Prefecture.
The five other assets are all designated important cultural properties:
(From The Yomiuri Shimbun and other sources)
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