Cutting-Edge Research
in Kyoto University


The Sculptors of Buddha Fresh insight into the sculptors of Buddha Statues

A statue of Amitabha Tathagata (Amida Nyorai).
This sculpture was originally used as a teaching resource.

For approximately thirty years, I have been studying the sculptors of Buddha statues (called Busshi in Japanese). In Japan, Buddhist sculpture began in the late 7th century, and produced such acclaimed sculptors such as Jōchō (-1057) and Unkei (-1223). My research seeks to elucidate the achievements and contemporary social position of the sculptors.

Kensuke Nedachi, PhD
Graduate School of Letters