|KEY WORD : architecture / buildings & structures|
Upper honorable hall. A Buddhist image hall at Houryuuji 法隆寺 (1318) in Nara,
rebuilt long after the original hall, built 989, was destroyed in a typhoon.
The reason for its name is not clear, but it is situated on top of a hill
behind the Houryuujji *daikoudou
大講堂. It also has a triad of Buddha *Shaka 釈迦, in the center with an attendant
on each side and statues of the four guardian kings *Shitennou
四天王 from the Muromachi period. The hall is single storied and 7 x
4 bays (20.64m x 13.80m). The plan shows a typical arrangement of central
core *moya 母屋, surrounded
by a 1-bay deep aisle *hisashi
廂. The hall is placed on a stone podium with steps at the front and on each
side. Although a number of buildings of this basic plan were constructed
from the Nara period on, very few are extant today. Few exist outside of
Nara and those remaining were all rebuilt on their stone podium
after the 12c.
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