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Horyuji, view 01, the Chumon

Abstract

From the nandaimon, the great south gate, one approaches the compound of Horyuji along a very long graveled walk. The compound, proper, is surrounded by a cloister, a walled and roofed walk, which sets the compound apart from the world surrounding it. The entrance to the compound is this great chumon, middle gate, one of the original structures remaining from the late 7th century, when the compound was built. The gate, on the south perimeter of the compound, is two stories high and four bays wide. The outer bays are occupied by sculpted Nio figures, guardian deities of Buddhism. The gate at Horyuji deliberately is not placed perfectly symmetrically, at the center of the south cloister wall. Instead, it is slightly to the west of center, to accommodate the placement of the pagoda and the kondo inside the compound, each equidistant from the north-south walk bisecting the compound.

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Publisher
Earlham College
PID
coccc:22678
Extent
1200 w x 950 h pixels, 150 ppi