|KEY WORD : art history / sculptures|
|A square pedestal used in portraits of seat high-ranking Buddhist priests. It is usually a simple square dais supported by four small legs or foliate panels *kouzama 格狭間, and in some cases has arms and a back. Early examples are found in the 9c painted portraits of The Seven Patriarchs of the Shingon Sect, Shingon shichisozou 真言七祖像 from Touji 東寺 in Kyoto.|
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