This elegant and calm enducing 96-page pocket-sized hardcover book is a collection of 46 images of Buddhist icons such as statues, clay molded reliefs that decorate the interiors of temples, miniature pagodas, pagoda-shaped reliquaries and woodblock prints.
In this charming format, which fits in the palm of your hand, the images of small Buddhas, supplemented by the words of the Buddha and famous historical monks such as Kūkai and Saigyō. The artworks featured include 10 works that have been designated as important cultural properties in Japan, selected from the Nara National Museum and Tokyo National Museum. All scripts are translated into English, along with the description of the artworks at the end of the book (name, size, material, excavation location, etc.). Art direction is by Kazuya Takaoka, who has previously designed Hell in Japanese Art and Wagashi. With an introduction by Mutsuo Takahashi, who also contributed to Wagashi.
This a stunning reference book not just for the spiritual seeker but also for Students of Buddhism, Antique Collectors and Designers.