shin-ei 真影
KEY WORD : art history / sculptures
Also *miei 御影, *eizou 影像, ei 影. A portrait in sculpture or painting. The subject was usually a high priest or a founder of a Buddhist sect. The portraits were made as a memorial, a symbol of respect, or for worship of the person depicted. They were not always modelled from life, but were sometimes imaginary, idealized images. Famous examples of shin-ei are the Shingon goso gazou 真言五祖画像 (portrait of five Shingon patriarchs) in Touji 東寺, Kyoto, and the Jion Daishi gazou 慈恩大師画像 (portrait of priest Jion Daishi) in Yakushiji 薬師寺, Nara.


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