Japanese Gilt Wood Shrine
Saving All Soul An-I-In Mudra
Circa: 19th century, Late Edo - Meiji
H 16 in.(40.6cm), W 5.75 in.(14.6cm),
D 3.75 in.(9.5cm)
Aged condition, overall very good!
An impeccable Amida
Buddha shrine with large leaf-shaped mandola, presenting the Buddha of Infinite
Light with his eyes down cast in meditation, hands in An-I-In mudra. The quality
of the carving itself is immaculate, from the concentric folds of the robe, uniformly
proportioned levels of the base and plinth, and in particular, beautifully
sculpted hands and facial features. Amida Buddha is standing on a lotus pedestal,
surrounded with upturned petals in two distinct layers above a five strata shrine,
which elevated the Buddha figure with a sublime equipoise. Legible calligraphic
inscriptions on the base may be translated as "Mercy, mercy, mercy, five
deities family shrine".