Repair of 1,001 Buddhist Statues in Kyoto Completed (News)


Kyoto, Dec. 22 (Jiji Press)—Preservation and repair work has been completed for 1,001 statues of thousand-armed Kannon Bodhisattva at the Sanjūsangendō Buddhist hall in Kyoto.

The last set of statues to be restored were installed at the hall, a popular sightseeing spot, on Friday.

Workers return the last of the restored statues to their places at Kyoto's Sanjūsangendō hall on December 22. (© Jiji)

It took 45 years for all of the statues, designated as important cultural properties, to be repaired, with each of them taken out of the hall in turns.

The preservation and repair work started in fiscal 1973, using the Cultural Affairs Agency's subsidy program for such properties and national treasures. At first 15 to 30 statues were repaired each year, but about 40 have been repaired every year since 2013.

The work mainly involved cleaning off the dust and preventing the gold foil from coming off the statues, the oldest of which are from the late years of the Heian period (794–1185).

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