Usuki Stone Buddhas, a national treasure / Hoki Second Cluster Oita
Usuki Magaibutsu (commonly known as Usuki Stone Buddha) in Usuki City, Oita Prefecture, which was designated as a national special historic site and designated as the first national treasure in Kyushu as a sculpture department.
Magaibutsu is a Buddhist statue carved on a natural megalith or rock wall, and remains in many areas in Oita Prefecture.
This Usuki stone Buddha is a group of stone Buddhas that are said to have been carved from the late Heian period to the Kamakura period, and does not refer to a single stone Buddha, but the Furuzono Cluster, the Sannosan Cluster, the Hoki First Cluster, and the Hoki Second Cluster, Consists of.
There is no historical material related to the construction of stone Buddha statues, and who made it for what Is a mystery.
Many scholars and history enthusiasts believe that the construction was related to the Bungo Ogami clan, Usuki clan, who was active in this area as a Bungo samurai corps.