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Avalokitesvara: Deer / Koushou Shimizu - Kanzeon-Bosatsu: Shika
- Product ID
- Koushou Shimizu
“Bettou” (head priest) of the Toudai-ji Temple
the chief abbot of the “Kegon” sect
- 540mm x 1410mm
- Roller End Material
Wood coated with black "urushi" (lacquer)
- Material of the Work
- Japanese paper
- Stock Condition
- In stock
Nara Park is a municipal park stretching at the foot of Mt. Wakakusa in Nara City, Nara Prefecture. Most of the ground in the park is covered with lawn, and up to about 1200 deer are prowling around. These deer are famous internationally, and are the main objects of sightseeing in Nara, so a lot of students are seen coming here on school trips. By the way, the original reason why the deer are in this park is as follows.
It has been handed down to us that a deer is a “Shinshi” (Divine Servant) of the Kasuga-taisha Shrine, and that, when the Kasuga-taisha Shrine was founded, Takemikazuchi no Mikoto had come here riding a divine deer. (Takemikazuchi no Mikoto was the enshrined god of the Kashima-jinguu Shrine in Ibaraki Prefecture.) Therefore, the deer in Nara Park have been protected very carefully since ancient times. Even today, it is said that the local inhabitants not only love the deer, but also revere them simultaneously.
This is a painting of “Kannon-Bosatsu” and a sika deer by Koushou Shimizu. Koushou Shimizu was a Buddhist priest of the “Kegon” sect. He worked as “Bettou” (head priest) of the Toudai-ji Temple in Nara Prefecture. Kannon-Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara) is a sacred image of “Bosatsu” in Buddhism and a kind of Buddha that has attained widespread faithful followers since ancient times, particularly in Japan. Kannon-Bosatsu and a sika deer are a typical combination of Koushou Shimizu, and this work is deeply meaningful.