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Bronze Silver Inlay Buddha Statue
Amida Buddha on Shrine
Dynasty, Circa: 19th Century
(61cm.), W 13" (33cm.), D 9" (23cm.)
Excellent, gilt losses
the Buddha of infinite life, is a popular figure in the Mahayana School of Buddhism.
He is known as a celestial, god-like Buddha, said to be the creator of the Pure
Land. Here the deity displays the meditation mudra, fingers held together with
a slight space between his thumbs. The gilded bronze is wonderfully cast; his
bulging hair composed of snail curves, a chest full of jewels, and a face indicative
of gentleness, openness, and purity. Silvery whisps of cloud dot his folded legs
and wrap around behind him. He sits upon a lotus plinth, meditating on top an
ornate, throne like chair. A strong sense of symmetry pervades (two ribbons hang
from the plinth, the two sides of the bronze backing match lotus leaf for lotus
leaf; his two thumbs spaced apart equally, his two earlobes hung with hoops),
a suggestion of its Qing Dynasty origin. A heavy and large bronze, mindfully cast.
In excellent condition.
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