For years I have been an interested reader anything related to the history of Japan during the Nara period (AD 710 to 794). From my viewpoint, I believe it is the most interesting period of Japan’s history. Today finally in the April 25th issue of Japan Times more attention is brought to one of the master pieces during Nara period: Ashura. In the Nara Kokuhonkan (Kofuku-ji’s National Treasure House) Ashura is presented as an example of early Japanese Buddhist statues. Ashura is the most famous figure of Buddha’s eight protectors, which is made during the beginning to mid 7th century. He is easily recognizable by the three reddish, tinted heads and the rather thin six arms.
Last year for the first time during an exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum Ashura and other statues consisting the Devas of the Eight Classes and the Ten Great Disciples of Buddha were shown together outside the temple. I was one of the 946,000 visitors, who was clearly awed.
The original article at Japan Times is worth to be read!
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