Japanese Buddha Zushi
Origin: Japan. Circa: late 19th-early 20 century
H 10.5 in.(26.5cm), W 5 in.(12.5cm), D 3.5 in.(8.5cm)
Statue: H 9 in.(22.5cm),
W 4 in.(10cm), D 3.25 in.(8cm)
Small chip, fair to good condition!
Myoo, the Angry Buddha symbolizes the divinity of wisdom fire, and the Mahavairocana
Buddha’s power over passions, to become aware of the innate intrinsic Buddha-nature
that leads to enlightenment.
in a weathered archaic zushi, the power of this Acala Buddha statue pours through
in the rendering conveying masculinity and power, characterized by the ittobori
style technique (rough-cut), fused with finer details on the serene facial features
of the deity, and perfect symmetry in the deeply carved pleats and folds of his
robe. In the Buddha's left hand, he is holding a rope that ties negative passions,
and his right hand is holding a sword that severs material attachments. Note that
the black lacquer on the figure remains in tact, but the aura of fire behind him
appears to be chipped, and much of the original pigments have since faded in time.
Nevertheless, the tension between the rustic artistry and the power of the deity
makes this Fudo Myoo zushi highly compelling.
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