Buddhist Tower in Form of a Pagoda (Hokyointo)

A work made of granite.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of granite.

Date:

13th century

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

The hokyointo is one of the earliest known types of stone pagoda in East Asia. Like other forms of pagoda, the design and function of this Buddhist monument originated in the ancient Indian memorial mounds (stupa), which were constructed to enshrine sacred remains or relics of the Buddha. In Japan distinct forms of multistoried stone and wood pagodas evolved to memorialize great Buddhist teachers and holy persons and to contain sacred texts (sutra). This hokyointo shows several early Kamakura period features, including the straight configuration of the petal-like projections, the Sanskrit characters carved on the vertical surfaces of the base, and the curved window frames, which are based on wood architecture.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 101

Title

Buddhist Tower in Form of a Pagoda (Hokyointo)

Origin

Japan

Date

1201–1300

Medium

Granite

Dimensions

126 × 51 × 51 cm (49 5/8 × 20 1/8 × 20 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted Gift of The Rice Foundation

Reference Number

1988.174

Extended information about this artwork

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