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Statue of Kobodaishi 弘法大師坐像

2014.04.21 (Mon)

Kobodaishi

This seated figure of Kobo-Daishi (the founder of Shingon Buddhism) enshrined in the Kannon temple in Ishiwaki town is prayed to for protection of one’s lands and a bountiful harvest. It is said to have been carved by the famous Mokujiki Shonin, who also made the carvings of Ebisu and Daikokuten in the Sono district. The statue stands at 62 centimetres, and is believed to have been made in 1798. It has been designated as a piece of the prefecture’s cultural heritage.

 石脇地区の観音堂に安置されている弘法大師坐像は、国土安穏(こくどあんのん)と五穀豊饒(ごこくほうじょう)を願って、園地区の恵比須・大黒天像と同じく、木喰上人(もくじきしょうにん)が刻んだと伝えられています。像の高さは62cm、背名から1798(寛政10)年の作であることが判明しており、県の保護文化財に指定されています。

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