kyoushoku 胸飾
CATEGORY: art history / sculptures
Also kyoutetsu 胸綴, munakazari 胸飾. An ornament found on the breast of *bosatsu 菩薩, *myouou 明王, and *ten 天 sculpted images. The ornament was hung around the neck, and took the form of a flat decorative plate, or a chain of metals or precious stones. A jewelled string *youraku 瓔珞 was often hung from the kyoushoku. On wooden statues, kyoushoku were carved from the same block as the main image, or made separately in metal and attached, as on Kudara Kannon 百済観音 in Houryuuji Houzouden 法隆寺宝蔵殿, Nara (late 6-early 7c).


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