19th Century Japanese Edo Carved Gilt Wood Amida Nyorai 阿弥陀如来 Buddha Statue Family Shrine
Antique Japanese Gilt Wood Shrine
Amida Buddha 阿弥陀如来
Liberating All Soul
Circa: 19th century, Late Edo - Meiji
H 16 in. (40.6cm), W 5.75 in. (14.6cm), D 3.75 in. (9.5cm)
Aged condition, overall very good!
A spirited Amida Buddha shrine with large leaf-shaped mandola, representing the Buddha of Infinite Light standing on a lotus pedestal, surrounded with upturned petals in two distinct layers above a five strata shrine, which elevated the Nyorai in a sublime equipoise, as he descending from the Western Paradise with his hands in An-I-In mudra welcoming all souls, and his eyes downcast in meditation. From beautifully sculpted hands and facial features to the concentric folds of the robe, uniformly proportioned levels of the base and plinth, the quality of the carving itself is outstanding. With incense smoke darkened the surface and minimal aged imperfections, the calligraphic inscriptions on the base may be translated as "Benevolence, Benevolence, Benevolence, five deities family shrine".