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Taito city Course (Asakusa)

2 Mokuzo Jikoku-ten Ryuzo, Mokuzo Zocho-ten Ryuzo
(Wooden standing statue of Jikoku-ten, Wooden standing statue of Zocho-ten)

Tangible Cultural Properties of Tokyo (Sculptures)
Designated on October 29, 1963
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Wooden standing statue of Zocho-ten

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Wooden standing statue of Jikoku-ten

Jikoku-ten and Zocho-ten are two of the Four Devas (others: Komoku-ten and Tamon-ten). The Four Devas are the guardian gods of Buddhism, represented by a general armed with armor. Because it is said that Jikoku-ten protects the east, Zocho-ten does the south, Komoku-ten does the west and Tamon-ten does the north, these sculptures are frequently arranged around Shakamuni triads (mainly at four corners).

The previous sculptures installed in this gate suffered from the Great Tokyo Air Raids on March 10, 1945, at the place repairing. Therefore, they had had no sculptures in Niten-mon Gate for a while.

Nearly ten years later, Kan'ei-ji Temple in Ueno worked on the repair of Gen'yu-in Reibyo Chokugaku-mon Gate since1956. The left and right wings attached to the gate were decided to be withdrawn, because they were proved to be attached in the Meiji period, and two wooden sculptures Jikoku-ten and Zocho-ten arranged in the wings were obliged to take away. In 1957, Senso-ji Temple, which had been carrying on the improvement of the precincts aiming for the reconstruction of the main building, inherited these sculptures to install to the unoccupied Niten-mon Gate.

These were restored to its original state from 2007 to 2009. In the restoration, a signature "Dai-busshi Hokkyo YOSHIDA Hyobu" by Indian ink was found on the inside of the head of the sculpture of Zocho-ten. It showed that they were made by the official sculptor of Buddhist images "YOSHIDA Hyobu Fujifusa", who was active in Kyoto in the late 17th century AD.


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