Japanese Wood Buddha
Origin: Japan, Circa: Showa, early
D 3.5 in.(9cm)
(Japanese: Dainichi Nyorai), is the supreme deity in the Esoteric Buddhist pavilion.
As depicted in this highly refined wood carving. The luminous Vairocana is performing
the Knowledge Fist Mudra,
his eyes downcast in
meditation, seated in full lotus position above a large blooming lotus flower,
which suspended over a round pedestal, where behind him is a doubled disks nimbus,
illuminating his supreme essence in peaceful and artfully articulated countenance,
fusing the divine luminosity with the nobility of human form. The ajana chakra
is exquisitely marked in a pearl shaped relief, and his seashell ears are artfully
elongated, indicating the deep listening that hears the cries of the world. It
is note worthy that both the limbus and lotus petals are paper-thin, ornamental
and graceful they are tribute to this statue’s refined artistry.