This statue has been created based on one of the works of the great Buddhist sculptor Hohrin Matsuhisa (松久朋琳). Hohrin, born in 1901 in Kyoto, started Buddhist sculpting when he was 10 years old, and until his death in 1987, made 5,000- 8,000 Buddhist statues, although Hohrin himself said "I don't remember what I sculpted, and that is a trivial matter." Hohrin made various Buddhist statues for historic, renowned temples such as Shitennōji (四天王寺), Kurama Dera (鞍馬寺), and Hokke-ji (法華寺)
Above anything else, Hohrin placed great importance in carving the statues with wholeheartedness, as it was his belief that such wholeheartedness was what makes people put their hands together in front of a Buddhist statue. He also proposed the "one person, one Buddha movement (一人一仏)"; he believed that everyone has a Buddha in his or her heart, and he advised people to carve that Buddha by their own hands so that the Buddha becomes present in their minds. With such spirit, he taught people how to carve Buddhist statues
This statue will be made after your order, using Takaoka bronze sculpting techniques. With a 400 year history of manufacturing copperware, the city of Takaoka is Japan's foremost producer of cast sculpted Buddhist statues. Statues crafted here are painstakingly molded, cast, finished, and colored by the hands of craftsmen who have inherited traditional manufacturing techniques.
Historically, Takaoka copperware was founded in 1611 when Toshinaga Maeda (前田利長), second lord of the Kaga fiefdom (加賀藩) and the man who would later become the founding father of Takaoka, sent word to Tannan in the Kawachi Province (河内国丹南郡), known as the birthplace of casting, to send seven of their finest casting masters to come open a foundry in Kanayamachi (金屋町) in a bid to promote the prosperity of his people. These efforts were focused primarily on iron casting at the time, but by the middle of the Edo period, they began to see success in the field of copper casting. As their prowess in this craft further advanced going into the Meiji period, their works were showcased at exhibitions to enjoy international acclaim, with their artistic copperwares going on to carve out a niche for them in the world of exports. In 1975, Takaoka copperware received primary designation for Japan’s Nationally Designated Traditional Craft Products.