Seated wood figure of Amida Nyorai [Amitabha Buddha] | Heian period, 12th century
Seated wood figure of Amida Nyorai [Amitabha Buddha]
Heian period, 12th century
the seated wood figure carved from cypress wood in yosegi zukuri [joined-block consturction] and applied overall with lacquer and gold leaf, modelled as the Amida Budda with serene expression, the eyes simply carved, the deity seated in lotus expression with the right hand poised in abhayamudra and the left hand in dhyanamudra, the hair arranged in small, snail shell-shaped spiral curls (rahotsu), the draped robe open at the torso falling in pleats
73.5 cm., 29 in. high
As is to be expected from the age of this type of object, there is some lifting, cracks and chips to the lacquer, showing the wood sculpture beneath, rubbing and losses of gold leaf, and some areas of splitting to the wood in some places.
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