Shotoku Taishi, anoniem, 1200 - 1350
Buddhism arrived in Japan in the middle of the 6th century. Around 600, the statesman Shotoku Taishi was a major advocate of the new religion. He would later be revered as a deity himself. Here Shotoku Taishi is represented as a child of two, the age at which he is traditionally believed to have worshipped the Buddha for the first time. The sculptor has successfully rendered a childlike face, but one that nonetheless conveys great wisdom.