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Antique Japanese Wood Buddha Head
Amida Buddha
Lacquered, Gilded Wood w. Crystal Inlays

Kamakura Period, circa: 14th-15th century
H 8" (20cm.), W 4.5" (11.5cm.), D 4.5" (11.5cm.)
Condition: Small losses to the hair on right

The original statue of this fine head of Amida Buddha must have been around 36" in height, an excellent example of the Kamakura sculpture and innovative wood carving technique developed by Jocho of Heian in the 11th century. The remarkable preservation and elegant style in this head of Amida are attributed to Jocho's hollow core technique; whereby multiple parts of wood were carved separately, then joined in finishing to prevent cracks from occurring in time. Such an approach also enables larger than life size statues to be build by group of artisans; which were highly in demand from Buddhist temples and aristocratics of these periods. The present example shows Amida Buddha with a peaceful contemplative expression. His broad face is typical of Buddhas of the Kamakura period. It is carved in clear definition. With hair lacquered in black, and face heavily gilded in pure gold, reverse-painted crystal for his downcast eyes, detailed with crystal inlaids for both the urna and ushnisha, face framed in two perfectly arched eyebrows that extend almost to reach his temples, pronounced nose ridge against a pair of bow-shaped lips, opened earlobes and small well formed hair curls are elements that indicated the carving is both firm and delicate; a rare find for a serious Japanese antique collector. Please note that there are small losses to the hair on right which are not visible in these photos.

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