|KEY WORD : art history / sculptures|
| Also called iza 倚坐, suisokuza 垂足坐,
and choujiza 丁字坐. An image that is seated on a stool or pedestal usually
with both legs pendant. This term has not been found in ancient sources, and is
therefore presumed to be recently coined. There are many examples of izou images
in Japan from the Hakuhou period onward: the central Buddha
from the wall painting of Yakushi joudo-zu 薬師浄土図
at Houryuuji *Kondou 法隆寺金堂; the embroidered tapestry showing Shaka nyorai seppou-zu 釈迦如来説法図 in the Nara National Museum (previously
owned by Kanshuuji 勧修寺), and Shaka nyoraizou
釈迦如来像 from Jindaiji 深大寺 in Tokyo. Examples of izou images were also created
in the Kamakura period and later. These included portraits of Zen monks *chinsou
頂相 and depictions of Shinto deities *shinzou
神像 which were influenced by images newly brought over from China. Seated images
having pendant legs which are crossed at the ankles forming an "X" arrangement
交脚像 can also fit into the category of izou.
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