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2. An antique Thai, Ratnakosin School, head of Buddha Shakyamuni with serene expression and downcast eyes inlaid in ivory and horn. This stylized visage has classic features with arched eyebrows that surround the incised eyes and flow into the aquiline nose. The snail's curl headdress tiers to the symbolic ushnisha that is surmounted by the flame of enlightenment. The elongated earlobes elude to the princely origins of Shakyamuni (the incarnate Buddha of the Shakya Clan) and have become associated as a symbol of wisdom in the far east. Wood with gold leaf. Circa 1850.

Measuring 27" high, including custom steel base.

 

         
         
 
 

3. An antique Japanese granite stone sculpture of Jizo, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, protector of travelers and small children. A gentle sense of serenity is contained in the presence of this icon. Jizo stands with diaphanous robes and hands held in anjali mudra, a mudra of both reverence and resolution of purpose. A simple, yet powerful composition that harkens back to the Zen Buddhist tradition that has inspired its expression.

The sleeves of his robe are dedicated in calligraphic inscription. The right sleeve notes Hōreki Era (1751-1763) and names the chief benefactor who commissioned this work of art. The left sleeve is the Buddhist name of the practitioner in whose memory it was given to the temple, reading Rei (spirit) Kō (light) Zen (Zen Buddhism) Zé (this) Mon (door or gate). Japan, mid 1700’s.

Measuring 15” high.

 

         
         
 
 

4. A remarkably engaging portrait sculpture of Jurojin, the Shinto God of Wisdom. Jurojin is also recognized in historical China as a Taoist Immortal. It is said that his holy staff or 'shaku' carries a scroll that contains all the wisdom of the world. His wise and kindly face and right hand are in a bisque finish. While his flowing robes with shoes, fan and staff are glazed in a beautiful translucent pale green celadon. Japan, early Showa Period, circa 1930's.

Measuring 21 ¾" high.

 

         
         
 
 

5. Serenity, is the very persona of this antique Chinese Portrait sculpture of the renowned Tang Dynasty teacher / monk ‘Priest Bukong’. He is seated in lotus pose on a raised dais, wearing formal diaphanous robes, his soft downward gaze symbolic of a deep state of Samadhi. Ming Dynasty, early 1400’s.

Measuring 21 ½” high by 15” wide by 10’ deep.

 

         
         
 
 

6. A resplendent early 18th century Juichimen Kannon Butsudan of exceptional refinement. This Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion bears a most benevolent countenance and stands upon a raised lotus dais below which celestial dragons pay homage. The deity wears diaphanous robes and holds his left hand in semui-in mudra for dispelling fear and the right in an-i-in mudra for the granting of wishes. He is surrounded by a lotus petal nimbus of celestial flames intertwined with a garland of blossoms. The central figure of the crown of this eleven headed Kannon is in the form of a miniature Jizo, the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, from which Kannon is a divine manifestation. Juichimen Kannon evolved as a popular Buddhist deity in the early Heian period (794-1186). The interior gilded door panels each bear a heraldic crest of the descendants of the Nomura clan, a historic Japanese family recorded as early as the 16th century. This is a commissioned family shrine from the early 1700’s.

Measuring 21” high by 15” wide by 8” deep, when opened.

 

         
         
 
 

7. An antique Japanese Negoro lacquer sculpture of the mythical storm god Fugen. This dynamic sculpture portrays Fugen striding across rolling clouds holding a falcon feather fan with which to fan the winds. Furled around his neck is the bag from which he conjures great gusts. He wears a bearskin loincloth with a tao tie mask apron. Tied to his sash at his back hangs his saké gourd. Meiji Period 1867-1912.

Measuring 11 ¼" high.

 

         
         
 
 

8. An antique Thai, Ayutthaya style Buddha standing resolute in samabhanga stance with both hands in Abhaya Mudra, the mudra of dispelling fear, sometimes considered a gesture of conveying blessings. His compassionate countenance with arched eyebrows, incised eyes and gentle meditative expression is a very classic portrayal of this beloved icon. He stands upon a double lotus dais and wears monks' robes with a traditional snails curl headdress finishing in a flaming usnisha, symbol of enlightened consciousness. Circa 1720.

Measuring 32 ¾" high.

 

         
         
 
 

9. A finely carved antique Japanese icon of Aizen Myo-o, seated on a raised double lotus dais with six arms holding attributes and hands held in various mudra. He is surrounded by a circular nimbus containing celestial flames that pronounce his divinity as ‘Vidyaraja’ – King of Light. He is the deity of amorous passion, transmuted in esoteric Buddhism into an unwavering desire for awakening. Among the Japanese people, he is the deity of conception, and like the Greek God Eros, carries a bow and arrow. This deity is strongly associated with the Shingon and Tendai Sects of Buddhism, however, he is also a popular deity amongst artists and geisha. Meiji / Taisho Period, circa 1910-20.

Measuring 13 ¼” high.

 

         
         
 
 

10. A bronze image of the Goddess Sri Devi, the consort of Visnu, stands on a lotus base above a decorative plinth; her left hand holding a lotus (padma) and wearing her characteristic horizontal breast band (Kucha-bhanda). Her right hand hangs to her side, a bright expression on her face, one hip thrust to the side in a slight Tribhanga pose. South Indian, late 18th Century.

Measuring 12 ¾" high by 5" square.

 

         
         
 
 

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