Designated Cultural Assets 2
Buddhist Images Created by Enku
Buddhist images created by Enku, an itinerant sculptor-priest, can be seen at the
Ankokuji, Seifuku-In and Kofuku-In Temples in Koshigaya.
There are three Buddhist images created by Enku at the Ankokuji Temple; a main
image made from excess building material, and two smaller images made from paulownia
located on each side of the main image. Enku’s Buddhist images at the Seifuku-In
Temple also consist of a main image, with two smaller images on located on each
side of the main one. However, all three are made from Japanese cedar. There is one
Buddhist image created by Enku at the Kofuku-in Temple.
Enku was born in Mino No Kuni (now Gifu Prefecture) in around 1630, and after
becoming a Buddhist priest, spent most of his life traveling throughout Japan. He
is said to have created about 120,000 Buddhist images during his travels, and about
130 of his works exist in Saitama Prefecture. It is thought that he created these
when passing through what is now Saitama Prefecture on his way to Nikko in 1689.
Buddhist Image at the Ankokuji Temple