1700's Edo Era Nyoirin Kannon Buddha Buddhist Stone Statue Stela Sado Island Yqz

1700's Edo Era Nyoirin Kannon Buddha Buddhist Stone Statue Stela Sado Island Yqz

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From The Ryder Collection - Japan Early to Mid 1700's

Pictured right here are two related examples. We are showing both just for comparison. The first is one is from the Antonia Tozer / Jonathan Tucker Asian Art site, UK dated to 1725.

Second - From the Saitama Prefecture, Japan, dated to 1734.

PLEASE NOTE: Photos of the Ryder Collection Buddha we have up for sale in this sale are directly below.

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Description composed by world renowned Asian expert & appraiser, Mr. Anthony Lee. His bio is below.

Japan, early to mid 1700's. Edo Period Nyoirin Kannon Buddha Buddhist Stone Statue Stela Sado Island. Fine example of Japanese stone sculpture of the mid Edo period, ca 2nd quarter of the 1700's. Almond shaped mandorla with inscriptions backing an almost fully sculpted relief image of Nyorin Kannon (skt Boddhisattva Avalokitesvara) with head resting on right hand propped on a raised knee and left hand resting to the side, seated in rajalilasana (pose of royal ease) and with draped robes relaxingly open at the chest and falling in the lap before the feet. Fragmentary dedication to a Buddhist monastery on the left by the head, Dates obscured. Fragmentary inscription MYOHO - Wondrous Buddhist Law above the figure. It measures approx. 39" tall, 19" wide and 10" deep, and is EXTREMELY HEAVY, we estimate in excess of 300 pounds.

Stone sculpture is a relative rarity in Japan due to the lack of good carving stone. Indeed, the history of Japanese Buddhist art is that of bronze and wood, with only a few rock cut reliefs in Oita prefecture and the tradition of stone monuments carved in granite like this piece from the Ryder collection from Sado island. Sado gashima (Island) was technically a penal colony from the mid 1200's onwards, a place to exile political enemies, nobility out of favour, etc. Part of the industry of the island was the making of these stelae and small statues of the boddhisattva Ksitigarbha as a monk called Jizo-sama. As can be seen, the granite has a tendency to fracture in unclean lines and wears poorly, yet this was the only material suitable for highway markers and monuments and these stones were originally placed in traveller shrines along the paths and in temple gardens.

Nyorin Kannon - from Kannon website

One of many esoteric forms of Kannon in Japan and one of Six Kannon who preside over the six realms of karmic rebirth. In statuary, the six-armed version (one for each karmic realm) is the most prevalent, although there are two, four, eight, and 12-armed versions as well. Images of Nyoirin began appearing in Japan during the Heian period (794-1185 AD). Japan's oldest extant Nyoirin statue is dated to approx. 840 AD and installed at Kanshinji Temple in Osaka (see photo below). The defining attributes of Nyoirin are the wish-granting jewel (nyoi hōju) and the eight-spoked Dharma wheel (rinpō), which s/he is always holding. The wheel symbolizes the teachings of Buddhism and the eight-fold path. The deity's name is thus commonly translated as "Bodhisattva of the Jewel and the Wheel." A less-common translation is "Omnipotent Kannon." Most often shown sitting on a lotus or atop a rock that rises from the sea (indicating Kannon's holy land Fudarakusen), Nyoirin appears in numerous esoteric texts, including the Hodaraku Kaie Ki, translated into Chinese by Amoghavajra (705–774), and the Dainichi-kyō-sho-en-ō-shō, translated by Tōji scholar-monk Gōhō 杲宝 (1306-1362).

One of the six forms of Avalokitêśvara. Saves all beings with the gem of satisfaction and the wheel of the law. Nyoirin was worshipped as a deity who protected the life of the emperor. The well-known 9th-century wooden statue at Kanshinji 観心寺 (Osaka), as well as Nyoirin images at Murōji (Nara) and Kannōji (Hyōgo Prefecture), make a group of three masterpieces called San Nyoirin.

Ex. Private Collection, Boston
Ex. Skinner's, Boston
Ex. Ryder Collection, Indiana

From the collection of pan-Asian Buddhist art of the Ryder family, IA, acquired in the 1980's and 1990's. Until recently, many parts of the collection on loan to local Midwest museums. The mandate of the collection was to research and source a representative sculptural work from every country and every major period of Buddhist art.


For those not familiar with Anthony Lee here is his bio: Anthony M. Lee is an institutional, market and collection consultant specializing in the arts of China, Japan, Korea, Himalayan Kingdoms, South and Southeast Asia. Starting as a salesperson at age 14 in Chinese antiques in a family business, he went on to university studies in Asian arts, as well as receiving his licenses in tea ceremony, with further studies of ceramics and religious art over eight years in Japan. For several years he was an associate dealer with Sotheby's online site and consultant with various sale houses and museums. Anthony has acted as consultant to over 20 museums, government agencies and trusts including the largest museums in Canada and the US, as well as major collectors, dealers, insurance and transportation companies worldwide.

He is considered by many to be one of the foremost experts in the world in Asian Art & Artifacts.

Anthony Lee started a website ages ago called Asianart. It is a place to post photos of your items and have experts identify them for you. (You can still post things there and folks will help you.) He no longer moderates it and identifies things for us as here on as an old friend. Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 350 lbs 8 oz in a 50 x 30 x 24 box. ************ What a great find!

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