|ittou sanrai 一刀三礼|
|KEY WORD : art history / sculptures|
| Also ichiji sanrai 一字三礼, ittou sanpai
一刀三拝. Lit. to worship three times with every stroke. A practice employed by an
artist carving a Buddhist image, who would pray to the Buddha three times after
every stroke of a knife. Ichiji sanrai, means to worship three times with
every letter, a practice carried out by an artist copying a Buddhist sutra, who
would pray three times after every letter that he wrote. The idea of ittou sanrai
is said to originate in the Kamakura period, and represented a deep
Buddhist faith expressed in the piety of the artist in the making of the image.
It is not known whether any Buddhist statues were actually made according to this
process, but there are legends associated with many temples that indicate the
practice was used.
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