[Construction Techniques Obervable in the Inner Hollow of the Kamakura Daibutsu]
The Kamakura Daibutsu(Great Buddha of Kamakura) was built in the middle of the Kamakura period, seven and a half centuries ago.
Upon entering the inner hollow of the statue, one can observe the surprisingly sophisticated techniques that were used to create this statue.
Due to its immense size, this status was cast in thirty separate stages.
The lattice pattern f the interior walls indicates that a large number of molds were placed on top of each other in layers.
In order to securely connect together the separately cast pieces, a completely unique and ingenious method was employed connecting the pieces from the base to the top of the statue.
Known as ikarakuri, this method can be broadly divided into three different types (see figure).
In 1960 a program was established by Kotoku-in temple to conduct major repairs of cultural assets.
Fortified plastic ERP was applied to the neck in order to rein force the head of the statue, and a stainless steel plate was inserted between the statue and the pedestal on which it rests as a means of protecting the statue against earthquakes.