東京 (Tokyo): 二松堂書店 (Nishodo Shoten)/ 佛像研究會 Butsuzo Kenkyukai, 1934. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. (4) 12pp. [192 plates]. 50pp. Dark blue buckram boards with blind-stamped ruling on the front cover, and blind-stamped publisher's device on the back cover. Spine with gilt lettering and a red label. The book which was produced after the Butsuzo Kenkyukai (Buddhist Images Research Association), is a photographic study and survey of 121 Buddhist sculptures from the Heian and Kamkura periods, through a total of 192 plates of b/w photographic reproductions. Among the types of statues are Nyorai (如来), Bosatsu (菩薩), Myoo (明王), Tenbu (天部). Many of the statues have multiple photos, revealing the work from multiple angles and views. Many of the statues are quite famous and are kept in prominent temples and museums in Japan. Text in Japanese.
Included in the book are such famous statues as: Miroku Bosatsu 弥勒菩薩 in Imperial Museum 帝王博物館 (Tokyo) , Yakushi Sanzon 薬師三尊 in Yakushiji temple 薬師寺 (Nara), Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩 in Horyuji temple 法隆寺 (Nara), Kongo Rikishi 金剛力士 in Horyuji temple 法隆寺 (Nara), Shitenno 四天王 in Todaiji temple 東大寺 (Nara), Kisshoten 吉祥天 in Joruriji temple 浄瑠璃寺 (Kyoto), Amidazou 阿弥陀像 in Byodoin temple 平等院 (Kyoto), Amida Sanzonzo 阿弥陀三尊像 in Sanzenin 三千院 (Kyoto)
Binding with some minor scratches and smudges to the covers. Corners lightly bumped and rubbed. Spine and hinges with some rubbing. Interior front cover with some light rippling and damp staining. Minor sunning to the edges of pages with images unaffected. Starting at interior front cover. Binding in good, interior in very good-. g to vg-. Item #43412
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