Figure of the bodhisattva Fugen
Edo period, first half of the 17th century AD
The figure is made of lacquered, gilt and painted wood. The inscription on the back translates: 'The grand sculptor Kōyū, the lay priest Sakkyō, by Imperial Decree given the title Hōin [Seal of the Law]'. Kōyū was one of the leading artists and restorers of his day, following the tradition of the twelfth-century master Unkei.
L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)