540
540

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JOHN MANN, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE CENTER OF SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

A MASSIVE GILT-LACQUERED WOOD FIGURE OF AMITABHA
MING DYNASTY
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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540

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JOHN MANN, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE CENTER OF SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

A MASSIVE GILT-LACQUERED WOOD FIGURE OF AMITABHA
MING DYNASTY
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A MASSIVE GILT-LACQUERED WOOD FIGURE OF AMITABHA
MING DYNASTY
seated in dhyanasana, the hands joined in dhyanamudra on the lap, the sanghati open at the chest to reveal the antaravasaka tied with a cord, the head with strong features, downcast eyes and gentle smile, below tightly curled hair covering the ushnisha and surrounding the oval cudamani, all supported on a separately made pedestal carved to the front with dragons confronted on a 'flaming pearl', with a separate mandorla (3)
Height of figure 50 1/4  in., 127.5 cm
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Catalogue Note

Massive figures such as the present lot, would have been enshrined in the main hall of Buddhist temples, often called the Mahavira Hall, or Hall of the Great Hero. In orthodox temples, the Buddha figures are enshrined in sets of three, representing Shakyamuni, Amitabha and Bhaisajyaguru. 

Shakyamuni represents our mundane world, while Amitabha presides over Sukhavati, the Pure Land of the West, and Bhaisajyaguru the Pure Land of the East. Amitabha is the most popular buddha in Chinese Pure Land Buddhism. Recitation of his name is believed to aid one's rebirth into his Pure Land.

A feature of the present lot more commonly seen on East Asian Buddha figures is the large jewel located at the base of the ushnisha . It symbolizes the unsurpassed Enlightenment of the Buddha and radiates the light of wisdom. In some Buddhist sutras an infinite number of buddhas are said to emanate from the ushnisha.

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