"Real Buddha Statues" are wooden sculptures faithfully reproducing the artistic beauty of historically and artistically valuable Buddhist statues, often designated as national treasures or important cultural properties. They are crafted to be easily displayed in homes.
Real Buddha Statue, Wooden Asyura Statue, is created by performing high-precision 3D scanning of the prototype produced by the manufacturer. Based on the acquired 3D data, skilled craftsmen in a wood carving workshop complete the statue. Afterwards, each statue is meticulously hand-painted in the workshop of 'Isumu' to achieve the final result.
The high-quality and affordable pricing achieved through wood carving techniques using CNC machines with 3D data make the world of traditional Japanese art more accessible.
The color supervision is entrusted to the highly regarded and traditional colorist, Ms. Chihiro Takamura, popular in the world of Buddhist statues.
The elegant and refined coloring, with the addition of shining gold leaf on a base that evokes the passage of time, enhances the exquisite craftsmanship while preserving the natural texture of the wood.
The model for this statue is the national treasure "Asura Statue," one of the guardians of Shakyamuni Buddha among the "Eight Legions." Despite being a guardian deity, it captivates people with a countenance of sorrow rather than anger, making it a masterpiece from the Heian period. The intricate psychological nuances hidden within its three-faced, six-armed body can change its expression depending on the viewer.
The theme of the 2005 special exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum was "Copying, Imitating, and Transmitting Japanese Art - To Copy, Learn, and Convey." The practice of "copying and imitating" artworks, regardless of Eastern or Western origins, has been carried out by many artists throughout history. During the Roman era, numerous masterpieces of Greek sculpture were reproduced in marble, and in the Muromachi period, the great painter Sesshu learned foreign painting styles and techniques through imitation, which laid the foundation for many of his masterpieces. These works by Sesshu were eagerly studied and emulated by painters of the Kano school in the Edo period.
Copying and imitating are often considered less valuable as they are not the "originals." However, in the process of creating art and crafts, "copying and imitating" have been the origin of further creativity and the driving force behind the revival of classics.
Through our products, we sincerely hope that you can feel the spirit of transmitting and imitating, and that more and more people will develop an interest in national treasure replica Buddhist statues, both as Buddhist art and objects of devotion.