Japanese Sandalwood Carving
Late Meiji - Taisho, 1912-26
H 6 in.(15cm),
W 3 in.(7.5cm), D 2.6 in.(6.5cm)
Condition: minor imperfections
in rich brown sandalwood, this superb Bodhisattva of Wisdom Monju Bosatsu has
a broad face and voluminous torso, with scarves drape on the front, over the shoulders
around both arms, features characteristic of the Heian (794-1142) style Bodhisattva.
Here, he is seated in dhyanasana above a double-lotus on a circular plinth, holding
a lotus stalk in his left hand, and right hand turned upward in vitarka mudra,
wearing armlets, bangles, pleated dhoti around his legs, his face is in a benign
expression, reminiscent of traditional Esoteric Buddhas in Japan. The figure and
lotus seat is carved in separate blocks and seamlessly joined together. Two small
nicks found in the front rim, otherwise in very good condition.
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