nitenmon 二天門
KEY WORD : architecture / gates
 
A middle gate *chuumon 中門 at a Buddhist temple. Usually it is an 8-legged gate *hakkyakumon 八脚門, with an entrance through the center bay. It enshrines a statue of *Tamonten 多門天 in the left bay which can be viewed from the front and one of *Zouchouten 増長天 in the right bay. This gate may be single storied or a high gate style *roumon 楼門. The roof type and roofing materials vary. A gate of this type is believed to have existed in the Heian period. The oldest extant Nitenmon is at Saimyouji 西明寺 (1407) in Shiga prefecture.
 
Rinnouji Taiyuuin Nitenmon 輪王寺大猷院二天門 (Tochigi)
Rinnouji Taiyuuin Nitenmon 輪王寺大猷院二天門 (Tochigi)
Rinnouji Taiyuuin Nitenmon 輪王寺大猷院二天門 (Tochigi)

 
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