iwaza 岩座
KEY WORD : art history / sculptures
A base for Buddhist images *daiza 台座, made of rock. It is also referred to as banjakuza 盤石座 which means a huge rock base. In the Buddhist pantheon, images of guardian figures and *myouou 明王 most commonly have rock bases. A rock base is considered an appropriate iconographic symbol to demonstrate the steadfastness of *Fudou Myouou 不動明王, the Unmovable One. There are two types of iwaza, one is rock, and the another is rectangular and also made of rock with rough pieces of wood attached to the sides. The Fudou is sometimes seated on a base made of rock. Although this base is a type of iwaza, it is specifically named *shitsushitsuza 瑟々座.


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