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Antique Gilt Hinoki Wood Buddha Statue
Amida Nyorai
Descending from Heaven West

Nanbokucho Period. Circa: 14th century
H 18.75 in.(48cm), W 5 in.(12.5cm), D 4 in.(10cm)

Pedestal replaced, gilt loss, aged condition!

Amida Nyorai, the Buddha of Infinite Light is the personification of compassion. Here in this mid-sized temple statue, a radiant wash of gold illumines this stately Amida descending from the Western Pure Land, as parallel arcs of his falling garment lending a gentle rhythm that compliments his imperturbable serenity.

Inscription: Kindhearted Wooden Man

Estimated: $3000-5000
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Nanbokucho Amida Statue

Amida Nyorai is the primary Buddha in the Jodo (Pure Land) sect, and the Shingon-shu (True Word) Esoteric Buddhism found by Kukai. He is a hugely popular Buddha in Japan, and there are numerous of Amida statues produced since 7th century. Nevertheless, this gilt wood Buddha is in a class of its own; noticeably the lacquered large bowl-shaped cranial protuberance, the broad face with full cheeks and long earlobes, including the close-set drapery folds and fin-like sleeves are unusually provincial, differ conspicuously from most representations of Amida Nyorai statues from the Nara or Kamakura eras. Rather, the features of this Amida shows stylistic influences of the Chinese Song period (960-1279); at the time when Chogen of the Jodo-shu brought back with him a number of statues from China. Visibly replete with traces of its long history are areas of losses and peeling patches of gilded gold. Through the variegated hues in the exposed wood, confirmed that the statue is a hinoki single block carving known as "ichiboku" of Japanese origin. Along with its kanji inscriptions: Wooden Man Kind Heart; indicated that the statue was carved before the name Amida Nyorai was well known in every household. In its straightforward simplicity, the statue is a paragon for the continuation of earlier Japanese sculptural styles and techniques.

  
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