Large Seated Buddha with Shrine

Delicately carved Buddha in wood; also has bronze and possible gold gilding


22" High x 29" wide with doors open and 14" wide doors closed x 10.5" deep

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David U.

Mearto specialist

June 3, 2024
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Hello Keri, This item is a remarkable Large Buddha Amida Nora, housed within a Zushi, or travel shrine. Crafted from wood, lacquer, and gilding, it presents a captivating depiction of the Buddha Amida in a meditative posture, seated upon wooden tendrils with rock and water elements. The Zushi, or travel shrine, serves as a portable sanctuary for the Buddha Amida, providing a sacred space for contemplation and devotion. Its construction from wood, lacquer, and gilding reflects the meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail characteristic of traditional Japanese religious art. Believed to be from the Edo Period (most likely late 18th century), this piece carries the essence of a bygone era, embodying the spiritual devotion and artistic expression of the time. It offers a glimpse into the religious practices and cultural beliefs that shaped Japan during this period of history. The Buddha Amida, revered in Pure Land Buddhism for his compassion and enlightenment, is depicted here in a serene and introspective pose, symbolizing the pursuit of spiritual awakening and inner peace. The inclusion of wooden tendrils, along with rock and water elements, adds depth and symbolism to the composition, evoking themes of nature and tranquility. The use of lacquer and gilding enhances the visual impact of the shrine, lending it a sense of opulence and reverence. The intricate detailing and meticulous finishing further attest to the skill and dedication of the artisans involved in its creation. Very good condition overall.