butsumon 仏門
KEY WORD : architecture / gates
Lit. Buddha's gate. Also *nandaimon 南大門; *chuumon 中門. A gate considered to be of great importance according to the *shizaichou 資財帳, a work that designates official temples by number, and has been compiled by the Imperial Court since 783. Examples of butsumon include both the 7c Chuumon. and the 1459 Nandaimon at Houryuuji 法隆寺 in Nara. The former is 4-bays wide x 3-bays deep. It has two-openings, and is two-storied. The latter is an eight legged gate, 3 x 2 bays with 1-opening.


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