“Hagoromo Tennyo”
Shinshu HORIEI
信州 彫英 “羽衣天女”



Tennyo, the celestial maiden, is said to be a resident of the heavenly world in Buddism. She happily plays music, invokes the raining of flowers, sprinkles incense, and flies around the paradise that is the heavenly realm. Tennyo are considered the pinnacle of beauty and were often used to decorate temples and shrines with prayers to the land of happiness. The figure drapped in a celestial robe is especially called Hagoromo Tennyo.



The front panels show, Shichifukujin, the seven gods of good fortune.  They’re one of the most famous motifs of good luck in Japan. The gods of Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism were fused with ancient Japanese indigenous beliefs and became established as a combination of Ebisu, Daikokuten, Bishamonten, Benzaiten, Fukurokuju, Jurojin and Hotei. They are thought to bring a wide variety of blessings and virtues including prosperity in business, bountiful harvests, wealth, victory, improvement of artistic ability and longevity. The fine and vivid details of each garment is worthy of attention here.

The left arm and the upper part of right arm are the works of other artists.

※信州 彫英氏のインタビュー記事はこちら
※See Shinshu Horiei’s interview here

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