July 6, 2017

Wooden Statue of Fu Daishi

Seiryō-ji Temple, Ukyō-ku, Kyōto
Nikon D700 Nikkor 28-70mm F2.8
清涼寺(京都市右京区嵯峨釈迦堂藤ノ木町)

Fu Daishi (傅大士, c.497-c.569), the Chinese Buddhist layman Fu Xi (傅翕, Fu Kyū) is traditionally accredited with the invention of the revolving sutra shelves (輪蔵, rinzō) for the Sutta Pitaka (経蔵, kyōzō). Thus images of him are often placed in or near sutra repositories. Wearing Chinese Tang dynasty attire, Fu Daishi is frequently shown with his two sons Fujian (普建, Fuken, left) and Fucheng (普成, Fujō, right). Often depicted with a laughing face, Fu Daishi is commonly known as the Laughing Buddha (笑い仏, waraibotoke).

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