Buddha Amida Amitayus Nyorai Japan Gilt Lacquer Temple Buddhist Altar Image Yqz For SaleUntitled Document
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From The Ryder Collection - Japanese 1800's Large Image
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Description composed by world renowned Asian expert & appraiser, Mr. Anthony Lee. His bio is below.
Japan, 1800's. Buddha Amida Amitayus Nyorai Japan Gilt Lacquer Temple Buddhist Altar Image. A large image of the Buddha of the Western Paradise, standing on a lotus base set on stylized waves and clouds and raised on a lotus petal form tier on top of three more successive tiers with carved relief decorative motifs. The Buddha shown in clinging sanghati robs covering both shoulders and open at the chest, the left hand lowered in the blessing of wish granting (varadamudra) and the right raised in abhaya-vitarka mudra (gesture of teaching and coming in peace). The face serene and with downcast glass inset eyes and glass usnisa in the forehead, the hair in tight whorls and with further jewel at the front. The head backed by a large round halo with emerging rays (25% missing). Generally intact with wear and smoke residue to the gilding in areas. Wear to lacquer and few chips at the back of base. Old cracks and restoration and separation to the halo support (as seen). It measures approx. 10 1/2" x 27" high.
Of an large size, and likely for a very large domestic shrine - Butsudan given the fact that the image was not meant to be viewed from the back or sides. In general small images of Amida of this kind are much more common. The very calm expression is typical of late Edo period (Tokugawa) Buddhist sculpture which attempted to synthesize the more iconographic forms into a more expressive style evoking a calm natural sense.
Amida resides in the Western paradise and forms a major focus of mahayanist belief, a more popular path to Buddhism that is more faith based and less philosophical in nature. Popularized in the late Heian to Kamakura (mediaeval) period of the 1100's the Amidist sects (still extant in the form of the Jodo and other Pure Land schools of Buddhism) believe in a type of salvation similar in many ways to a Judeo-Christian concept of heaven. Repeating the names of the Buddha - Nanmu Amida Butsu - chanted or written ensues rebirth in the pure land paradise after death. This teaching represents an intriguing duality within the philosophy of Buddhism.
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 9 lbs 8 oz in a 32 x 16 x 16 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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