This beautiful Buddhist statue is made in Takaoka, the largest traditional copperware and ironware production area in Japan, and famous for its Buddhist statues, altars, and other crafts. Each statue is made using high pressure die casting, followed by finish work done by a skilled craftsman. It is made to look like an antique, and will add a touch of classic Japanese iconography for any Buddhist or anyone interested in Asian art.
The statue is of Ākāśagarbha (Kokuzo in Japanese), who is regarded in Mahayana Buddhism as one of the eight great bodhisattvas. His name can be translated as "boundless space treasury" or "void store", because his wisdom is said to be boundless as space itself.
Kūkai, the founder of Shingon Buddhism in Japan, experienced a vision in which Kokuzo told him to go to Tang China to learn the Mahāvairocana Abhisaṃbodhi Sūtra. From his trip and instruction in China, Kūkai would then go on to found the Shingon school of esoteric Buddhism in Heian Japan.
Product size (approx..): 15 x 6.5 x 6.5 cm
Material: metal alloy
Made in Takaoka, Japan
Shipped directly from Japan