Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ikko Tanaka, Amida Buddha exhibits debut at USC Pacific Asia Museum

PASADENA STAR-NEWS
By Claudia Palma
At over six-feet tall, Amida Buddha is a rare example of large-scale sculpture from the period, and was executed using the yosegi technique, in which a single image is carved from multiple pieces of wood and then joined together from the inside. 
CALIFORNIA---Two icons in Asian history will be the center attraction today at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. As a single piece exhibit, “Visualizing Enlightenment: Decoding Buddhist Iconography” features a 14th century Japanese buddha sculpture, first time on display since it was gifted to the museum two years ago. The Amida Buddha from the Kamakura period (1185-1333) in Japan is more than 6-feet tall is a rare piece created using the yosegi technique, where single pieces are carved from multiple pieces of wood and then joined together from the inside. [link]

USC Pacific Asia Museum:Visualizing Enlightenment: Decoding Buddhist Iconography” (Ends July 24, 2015); 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA; (626) 449-2742; pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu