The national treasure statue from Tō-ji, said to have been requested by the Tang Priest, makes its debut in TanaCOCORO[掌]. Helmets worn by Vaiśravaṇa, known for appearing in the western regions like Tibet and Khotan, where it is said to have repelled attacks by foreign tribes, are considered national treasures. The sharp expressions, tall crowns, and distinctive armor contribute to an exotic atmosphere, creating a strong sense of otherworldliness.
Throughout Japan, replicas inspired by this statue have been crafted, gathering faith as a guardian deity for national protection.
The model is the national treasure "Standing Statue of Vaiśravaṇa" housed in Tō-ji's treasure hall. It is said to have been enshrined on the upper floor of the Rajo Gate in Heian-kyō. The powerful pose of standing on one leg with a tightened waist and twisting slightly, placed on the hand of a celestial maiden, has been condensed and faithfully reproduced in a size of 20 centimeters.
Enjoy the craftsmanship that allows you to feel as if your thoughts are carried far along the Silk Road right in your hands.