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Horyuji, view 09, five story pagoda, exterior from north

Abstract

The Five-storied pagoda at Horyuji is an original structure remaining from the late 7th c., when the compound at Horyuji was built. The ground floor of the Horyuji pagoda is surrounded by a narrow corridor with a slight roof covering it. This corridor and its roof, not part of the original structure, hide the proportional relationship of the original ground story and the top story of the pagoda -- the width of the top story is one half that of the ground story; the intermediate stories step in in equal amounts as we move from one to the next. The result of this stepping-in is a visual sense of soaring and lightness as the pagoda rises, creating a sense of elegance and a perception, illusion, of great height. -- The famous tableau of the death of the Buddha and the tableau of the Yuima-Monju debate, sculpted in clay in the early 8th c., are in the ground story of the Five-storied Pagoda. [c. 711, early Nara period (Tenpyo)]

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Material may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only, in accordance with Fair Use policies. following fair use standards. Acknowledgement to be given to the IDEAS Project and to the photographer. Photographer retains copyright.

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Publisher
Earlham College
PID
coccc:22675
Extent
996 w x 1200 h pixels, 150 ppi