The head is almost four times life-size and carved in three separate parts using a Japanese technique called Yoseki Zukuri.

It was once painted, lacquered and gilded. The style is characteristic of late Fujiwara sculpture.


Wilhelm Solf, German Ambassador to Japan.

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