Mahakasyapa, Maha Kasho (Jap)
Student of the Buddha, who was renowned for his strict practise. Took a leading role in the Sangha after the death of Shakyamuni Buddha.
First Zen patriarch, after smiling as the Buddha held up a flower.
Wood artifacts are difficult to conserve. There are only a few surviving examples and this statue of Kasyapa in excellent condition is very precious. Though the exterior colored pattern has effloresced and peeled away, and the wood grain is exposed, it still represents the simplicity and beauty of wood-carving art. (more…)