Daihōzōin (Gallery of Temple Treasures)

Heisei Period: 1998

Walking eastward from the Hall of Prince Shōtoku's Soul (Shōryōin), there stands the Government-Scaled Repository (Kōfūzō) of the Heian Period. Heading northward just before you reach the Repository, you will see a new temple behind the buildings, such as the Nara Period Refectory (Jikidō) and the Kamakura Period Narrow Hall (Hosodono). This is the Gallery of Temple Treasures (Daihōzōin), completed in 1998, which has as its center the Kudara Kannon Hall. This structure is a rich repository of Japan's cultural heritage, preserving within its walls many priceless items, including the famous Yumechigai Kannon statue, or Dream-Changing Avalokitesvara statue (Hakuhō Period); the Tamamushi Tabernacle, a Tabernacle with the iridescent colors of the tamamushi beetle (Asuka Period), which is said to have been the private property of Empress Suiko; the Lady Tachibana Tabernacle (Hakuhō Period) which was dedicated to the bronze Amida triad sitting atop a lotus pond, and many other treasures, including a collection of Hyakuman Miniature Pagodas; the Nine-Headed Kannon, carved from sandalwood, brought from China; and a small mural of the Main Hall depicting heavenly beings. These treasures are the legacy of 1,400 years of worship at Hōryūji, which may be mentioned as valuable treasures that show the long history of Hōrvūji.

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  • ① Yumechigai Kannon statue (Dream-Changing Avalokitesvara statue)
    National treasure
    Hakuhō Period: late 7th - beginning of 8th c.
  • ② Jizō Bosatsu
    National treasure
    Heian Period: end of 8th - late 12th c.
  • ③ Tamamushi Tabernacle
    National treasure
    Asuka Period: mid 6th - beginning of 8th c.
  • ④ Kudara Kannon
    National treasure
    Asuka Period: mid 6th - beginning of 8th c.
    The Kudara Kannon statue (Asuka Period) bequeathed to Hōryūji is world famous as a Buddhist statue representing Japan’s Buddhist art. Future, the tall and slender well-proportioned figure, rare for a Japanese Buddhist statue, and its graceful and merciful expression have captivated many people. It has been Hōryūji’s long and fervent desire to construct a Hall to enshrine the Kudara Kannon in peace. This dream was finally realized in autumn 1998, which is this Kudara Kannon Hall.
  • ⑤ the Lady Tachibana Tabernacle
    National treasure
    Hakuhō Period: late 7th - beginning of 8th c.
  • ⑥ Hyakuman Miniature Pagodas
    Important cultural property
    Nara Period: beginning of 8th - end of 8th c.
⑦ mural of the kondō depicting heavenly beings
Important cultural property
Asuka Period: mid 6th - beginning of 8th c.

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