left foot lightly forward on a lotiform lotus stand, hands forming the raigo-in
(welcoming) mudra that signifies Amida's descent from heaven to greet faithful
devotees in life and in death. This statue was made of Japanese cypress in joined
block construction technique, in which the head and body consist of front and
back halves joined on the side, with carved out hollow core designed to prevent
cracks from occurring in time.
in black lacquer, brushed and gilded gold for the figure, reverse-painted crystal
inserts for his downcast eyes, crystal inlaid for the ushnisha; due to the popularity
of Jodo Buddhism since the 13th century, this exquisite statue of Buddha of the
Western Paradise is typical of many that were made. However, it's noteworthy that
the unusual broad face and square jaws
are characteristically Chinese, and he is akin to numerous Buddha statues and
paintings found in the Song Dynasty era (960-1279). In spite of its 500 plus years,
the statue is in superb condition, with minor damages and restorations to the
lotus pedestal, the lacquered wood base is likely constructed at a later date.