Kotoku-in is a Buddhist temple of the Jodo-shu sect in the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa province, Japan. The temple is famous for its "Big Buddha", a monumental bronze statue of Amida Buddha it is one of the most famous icons of Japan. The bronze statue of the Great Buddha of Kamakura probably dates from 1252, in the Kamakura period, according to temple records. It was preceded by a giant wooden Buddha, which was completed in 1243 after ten years of continuous work, with the funds being collected by Inada-no-Tsubone and the Buddhist sacerdoste Jōkō of Tōtōmi. This wooden statue was damaged by a storm in 1248, and the hall that contained it was destroyed. Then, Jōkō suggested making another bronze statue, and the large amount of money needed for this and the new hall was collected for the project. The bronze image was probably shaped by Ōno Gorōemon or Tanji Hisatomo, both renowned modelers of the time. At first the statue was golden. There are still traces of rows of gold near the ears of the statue. It is uncertain, however, whether the statue built in 1252 is the same statue as the current one.