shizou 紙像
KEY WORD : art history / sculptures
Also shichoukanzou 紙張貫像. A figure made from layers of glued paper. A number of paper Buddhist statues are preserved from before the Edo period, and the technique was commonly used to make dolls from the 17c onwards. An important early example of shizou is the Monju Bosatsuzou 文殊菩薩像 (1269) in Chuuguuji 中宮寺, Nara. The statue is thought to have been made by nuns from pieces of scrap paper, built around two Buddhist sutra scrolls at the core of the figure.


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