Ueno Daibutsu

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Remains of the Ueno Daibutsu
Former Daibutsuden, early Meiji period
Ueno Daibutsu in the Taishō period, before the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake

Ueno Daibutsu (上野大仏?) was an Edo-period giant seated statue of Shaka Nyorai in what is now Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan. Of bronze and dating to 1631, it was restored after earthquake damage in 1640, a fire in 1841, and another earthquake in 1855. Heavily damaged during the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, when the head was toppled, much of its bulk was melted down for reuse during the Pacific War. In 1972 the face, stored in Kan'ei-ji, was put on display in its former location.[1][2]

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  1. ^ "Ueno Daibutsu". Ueno Keizai Shimbun. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ueno Daibutsu". Daily Yomiuri. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2011.