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Also called iza ߍ, suisokuza , and choujiza . 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 ty} at Houryuuji *Kondou @; the embroidered tapestry showing Shaka nyorai seppou-zu ߉ޔ@@} in the Nara National Museum (previously owned by Kanshuuji C), and Shaka nyoraizou ߉ޔ@ from Jindaiji [厛 in Tokyo. Examples of izou images were also created in the Kamakura period and later. These included portraits of Zen monks *chinsou and depictions of Shinto deities *shinzou _ 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 called *koukyakuzou r can also fit into the category of izou.
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