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Daibutsu (the Great Buddha)
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The principal image of the Todaiji Temple popularly known as the Nara Daibutsu. An edict for the erection of a Virushana buddhist statue was issued in 743 and a ceremony to consecrate the newly built statue was carried out in 752. Since it was damaged by warfare several times and subjected to repeated restorations, the only original parts of the statue are the lotus-petal throne and the drapery part of the left femoral region. This huge gilt-bronze image is 15 m high and the circumference of its stylobate is 70 m.


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