Ashura 阿修羅, Painted, H = 153 cm
One of the Eight Guardians (Hachi Bushū 八部衆)
Hollow Dry Lacquer (Jp. = Dakkatsu Kanshitsu 脱活乾漆)
Kōfukuji Temple 興福寺, Nara Era. Photo: Ogawa Kōzō
One of the Eight Hachi Bushū,
and perhaps one of Japan's most famous
statues from the Nara era. The temple
is home to the complete set of eight.