Crystal Eyes Amida Nyorai Antique Japanese Hollow Core Amitabha Buddha Statue 如来佛
Japanese Gilt Hollow Core Wood Statue
Amida Nyorai 阿弥陀如来
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Circa: Late Muromachi-early Edo Period
H 11.5 in. (29cm), W 3 in. (7.5cm), D 3 in. (7.5cm)
Height including Lacquer Pedestal: 14 in. (35.5cm)
Aged good condition with newer lacquer pedestal.
An exquisitely carved Jodoshu Amida Nyorai, hands forming the welcoming all souls raigo-in mudra, parallel arcs of falling garment flowing with a billowing rhythm, hair carved in tight rows of snail-curls, a ruby-red precious stone for the ushnisha, and a clear crystal for the urna over the forehead, curving lips and arching brows outlining reverse-painted crystal eyes, standing serenely on a newer lacquer pedestal. The statue was carved of Japanese cypress in hollow-core joined-blocks technique, with brushed and gilded gold leaf over layers of beaming black lacquer, which instills an ethereal finesse to the surface in this ultra-fine carving. In spite of some abrasions, his face is vividly youthful, in serene contemplative expression with a slight smile. An ultra-fine yosegi-zukuri style carving introduced in the latter half of the 10th century. The aged Amida Nyorai statue is tentatively attributed to the 17th century.