The Saint Kūya and Rokuharamitsuji Temple
Mar 01, 2022 at 9:30am ~ May 08, 2022 at 5:00pm
The year 2022 marks the 1050th anniversary of the death of the Buddhist saint Kūya. The oldest surviving sculpture of Kūya is said to be the principal image of Rokuharamitsuji Temple (called Saikōji Temple at the time of its founding) in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto. This realistic image, which shows Kūya chanting the devotional Nembutsu phrase while walking, was carved by Kōshō, son of the master sculptor Unkei. Rokuharamitsuji is also closely connected to Unkei’s pupils, and home to a sculpture of the Seated Jizō Bosatsu by Unkei himself.
The Saint Kūya and Rokuharamitsuji Temple brings together masterpieces of Buddhist sculpture from the Heian and Kamakura periods, including Kōshō’s image of Kūya, Four Deva Kings carved at the time of the founding of Rokuharamitsuji, and a Jizō sculpture said to have been carved by the master sculptor Jōchō.
Start: Mar 1st 2022 at 9:30am
End: May 8th 2022 at 5:00pm