Wooden Standing Statue of Bosatsu-gata
This statue, a principal image of Kannon-do Hall in the Gokuraku-ji Temple compound, is 120 cm tall, massive and solid. Judging from the positions of both arms, this is a Sho Kannon Bosatsu Statue, but the statue is wearing a Buddha’s clerical robe. This influence is from the Song Dynasty art that became popular from the late Kamakura period.
The statue is carved from a single piece of katsura wood and was probably made in this region because it presents the regional dynamism even though it has a Song-style influence.
This statue was probably built during the Period of the Northern and Southern Dynasties (middle of the 14th century) judging from the harsh facial expression, solid body form and representation of robe pleats.