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Subject:Japanese figure - Chinese(?) translation
Posted By: Geoff Fri, May 03, 2019 IP:

Dear All,

Please, may i have some help in translating an inscription on the bottom of my Japanese wood carving?

The figure is one of the Four Guardian Kings. He's 98cm tall, carved in sections and joined. I've always supposed him to be from the Kamakura dynasty; or perhaps a bit later.

Recently, i took him to an auction house to appraise - not that they had much idea what he was. But, they did notice an inscription to the bottom of the base 'plank'.

I am hoping it gives some detail as to which temple the figure guarded, and some date.

Thanks in advance for your help!


Subject:Re: Japanese figure - Chinese(?) translation
Posted By: I.Nagy Fri, May 03, 2019

泉北大鳥郡上神谷 鉢峯山 
Izumi Kita Ōtori-gun Niwadani Hachiminesan (Temple) - Now a part of Sakai city, Osaka prefecture、Name of temple - Hōdōji
十二神将 - Twelve Heavenly Generals
十二躰之内 - One of Twelve

With regards,

Subject:Re: Japanese figure - Chinese(?) translation
Posted By: Geoff Sun, May 05, 2019

Thank you!

That is more than i had ever hoped for.

It looks like i have some more research to do.

Thank you very much.

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