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Searching for Stones in the Unstable Landscape of Kannon

Searching for Stones in the Unstable Landscape of Kannon

Chapter:
(p.269) Epilogue Searching for Stones in the Unstable Landscape of Kannon
Source:
Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan
Author(s):
Sherry D. Fowler
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824856229.003.0008

In a remote setting at the base of Mount Wakakusa in Nara, not far from Tōdaiji Great Buddha Hall and Kasuga Shrine, is an unusual stone Buddha head, known as “Hora no buttōseki” (Stone Buddha head in the grotto). The head is perched atop a pillar that has reliefs of the Six Kannon and an inscription dating to 1520. By way of a conclusion, this monument is examined in terms of the themes treated in the book: landscape and sacred geography, text and image relationships, ritual practice, ritual lives of objects, and numbers of Kannon.

Keywords:   Six Kannon, Amida, Hora, sekibutsu, Kakuhen, Hora no buttōseki, Kasuga, Kōfukuji, Nara, stone Buddha

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