This Buddha figurine is a model of the Palm-size Statue Series. Although their sizes are small (around 20cm / 8in height), details are elaborated as high quality as medium and large models.
Model of this warlike-looking Buddha statue is “Bishamon” (also called “Bishamonten”). Original statue is enshrined in Shizuoka, and is designated a national treasure of Japan. Vibrant shape of the statue is made in 1186 by a master sculptor Unkei.
To replicate texture and massive feeling of the original statue, painting process is repeated six times. And repetitive polishing and coating enabled to reproduce the feel of a long time aged statue.
Character of the Bishamon
Bishamon or Bishamonten is one of the Four Heavenly Kings and is considered an important figure in Japanese Buddhism. He is thought of as an armor-clad god of war or warriors, and a punisher of evildoers. Therefore, many Samurai warriors had deep faith in Bishamon.
Bishamon holds a spear in one hand and a small pagoda in the other hand, the latter representing a tower of Buddhism shrine and symbolizing the divine treasure house. It is considered that those towers of shrines contain much money, so people also believe Bishamon brings wealth to those believers.
20.5cm(H) x 11.0cm(W) x 8.2cm(D)
8.1 in(H) x 4.3 in(W) x 3.2 in(D)
About Materials: Poly-stone
The statue is made of a mixture of stone powder and synthetic resins. This material enables to give statue fine expressions and profound feelings like stone. The statue has enough toughness and delicacy by changing combination ratio of raw materials appropriate for each part.
How to Care
Statues are delicate. It may be damaged or broken due to a strong impact. Please use soft brush to remove dust. Please refrain from using shining cloths and cleaning sheets; it may contain water-soluble paint. Avoid placing on the place with direct sunshine and/or high temperature.