Japanese Lacquered Gilt Wood
Circa: Edo Period, 19th century
H 10 in.(25cm), W 4.25 in.(11cm), D 3.5
on nimbus, gilt loss, o.a. good condition.
Edo lacquer gilt Amida Buddha in meditation on a high plinth, with hands in the
teaching gesture known as Raigo Mudra in Jodo Shinsu tradition. The face of Amida
appears youthful, eyes down cast and a slight smile that convey a marvel of serenity;
equally dazzling is the elaborately layered lotus throne, where Amida seated in
full lotus above a cushion surrounded by upturned petals, over a multi-layers
of finely carved foliate and floral, renditions of traditional motifs that comprise
a Pure Land Buddhist platform, which elevating the Buddha figure with an essence
of spiritual equipoise that shines forth wonderfully. Although some minor imperfections
and a barely noticeable crack line are found on the limbus, much of the gilding
and black and red lacquer effectively preserved this fine antique statue and added
a soft rich natural patina of ages.
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