|KEY WORD : art history / sculptures|
|A dais *daiza 台座 for a Buddhist image that is shaped like a sand bar suhama 洲浜. It is a variation of the *iwaza 岩座 base, but it has a much smoother organic form with a flat top and softly undulating sides. The suhamaza was used from the 8c to 9c in Japan for images of monks and heavenly beings *ten 天. The most famous examples are the dry lacquer images of The Eight Classes of Devas *hachibushuu 八部衆 and The Ten Disciples of the Buddha *Juudai deshi 十大弟子 at Koufukuji 興福寺 in Nara dating from the 8c.|
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