1700's Edo Kamakura Miroku Bosatsu Buddha Boddhisattva Wood Temple Statue Nr Yqz For SaleUntitled Document
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Japanese 1700's to 1800's From The Ryder Collection
Pictured right here are two related examples. We are showing both just for comparison. The first is a 1600's image of Miroku seated and 12 inches in height with similar hand gestures and a lotus held in the left hand, metal crown with wanting jewels, and sold in Christie's New York, September 1, 2011, Lot 205, which sold for $6,250 USD.
Second Related example, Permanent Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Kamakura Period, by Kaikei dated 1189.
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, 1700's to 1800's. Edo Kamakura Style Miroku Bosatsu Buddha Boddhisattva Wood Temple Buddhist Statue. A very large and very splendid image of the Buddha or the Future - Miroku (skt. Maitreya) as a standing Boddhisattva in the Kamakura (1200's) style. Standing in samabhanga (straight pose with both feet firmly planted) wearing elaborate dhoti skirt and a loose robe over both shoulders with scarves and sash over the midriff, the chest and stomach exposed as well as the forearms. The scarves and sashes hanging to his feet to give the effect of movement despite the solid stance of the wearer. The face serene and with glass inset downcast eyes, a large jewel at the forehead (usnisa), the left hand holding a lotus and the right hand raised in the blessing of peace (abhayamudra). The image with elaborate detachable gilt metal crown with hanging glass and stone jewels, long metal ribbons and surmounted at the fore with a wheel of the dharma and a sotoba (skt. Stupa or pagoda shrine) in beaten copper. Standing on a lotus pedestal on top of a prayer drum section placed in a large floral form with palm like petals and a half lotus sockle raised on an enclosed hexagonal base supported below by six pillar and set finally on a cloud form base with compressed cabriole lets and a hexagonal flat base. The figure backed by a large leaf form cloud mandorla (halo) with lotus petals framing the head and the figure outline, the rest of the mandorla with deep relief of clouds. Damage to the top of the mandorla and some losses, losses to finger tips of the right hand, some cracking of the lacquered joints, a few lotus petals missing from the base. It measures approx. 39" tall and 16" across.
Of a style automatically recognizable as Kamakura in origin and of the Unkei / Kaikei school of monumental Buddhist sculpture. This was likely a temple altar figure, far too large for a domestic shrine and the figure of Miroku is not common to everyday worship, but rather a more esoteric and older school of Buddhist worship in Japan. Maitreya (jp. Miroku) resides in the Tusita heaven and will be the next Buddha to appear to the world in the next Kalpa (generally counted as the era it would take for Mt. Meru to be eroded away by the passing wings of an angel passing over every 100 years), so is technically a Boddhisattva at present on the cusp of becoming a Buddha. The cult of Maitreya was particularly strong in the Korean courts at the time of the introduction of Buddhism into Japan and so many early examples of Asuka and Hakuho period (600's) particularly in bronze. In later Chinese / Japanese iconography Budai (jp. Hotei) a rotund monk with a bag of treasures, often mistakenly referred to in the West as a Happy or Laughing Buddha became the most commonly recognized manifestation of Maitreya replacing this mediaeval style figure, and so this comparatively late representation is very anachronistic and relatively rare.
Ex. Private Collection, Chicago
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 15 lbs 8 oz in a 40 x 24 x 24 box. The Calculator is not always right - if the shipping looks too high email us and we will give you an accurate quote prior to the sale ending. ************ What a great find!
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