An Overview of the Great Buddha


Though it is unknown who built the Great Buddha, its style was clearly influenced by the Buddhist sculpture of the Kei School (Unkei [?–1224] and associated sculptors of Buddhist images), as well as one of the Song Dynasty (960–1279) of China. The Great Buddha is considered a typical example of the style of Kamakura period (1192–1333) Buddhist sculpture.


Measurements The Great Buddha of Kotoku-in (the Great Buddha of Todai-ji Temple at Nara)
Height (including platform) 13.35m (18.03m)
Statue height 11.312m (14.98m)
Face length 2.35m (5.33m)
Eye width 1.00m (1.02m)
Mouth width 0.82m (1.33m)
Ear length 1.90m (2.54m)
Diameter of the byakugo 0.18m (0.30m)
Height of hair coils (rahotsu) 0.18m (0.21m)
Diameter of hair coils 0.24m (0.22m)
Number of hair coils 656 (492)
Weight 121 t (250 t)

Description of the Parts

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