kuyuza くゆ座
KEY WORD : art history / sculptures
Also senkuza 氈く座, kyuuza 毬座 or mousenza 毛氈座. A dais *daiza 台座 for an image of a heavenly being *ten 天 in the shape of a round woolen rug with tassels around the edge. An early painting, The so-called Shingon-in mandara 真言院曼荼羅 from Touji 東寺 in Kyoto, from the 9c depicts heavenly beings seated on these rugs in the outer court, Gekongoubu-in 外金剛部院. Paintings of The Twelve Deities *juuniten 十二天 also include the kuyuza, although the images also may sit on animal thrones *choujuuza 鳥獣座 as represented by the 9c example at Saidaiji 西大寺 in Nara. In a set of paintings of the seated Twelve Deities made in 1127, and preserved at the Kyoto National Museum (formerly in Touji), all of the Twelve Deities except *Bonten 梵天 sit on kuyuza. It is recorded that these paintings were based on wall paintings from the now-lost Endou 円堂 that was at Ninnaji 仁和寺 in Kyoto, a building built in 904 for the retired Emperor Uda 宇多.


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