Gilt Wood Buddha Statue
Earth Pointing Gesture
Edo, 19th Century
H 6.5" (14cm.), W 4.7"
(12cm.), D 2.5" (7cm.)
Condition: hollow core, minor losses
overall in gold covered with a reddish varnish, this rare dry lacquer on wood
core Earth Pointing Buddha is both noble and austere. In style the graceful form
of this meditating Buddha is alluded to the geometrical equilibrium in traditional
Chinese design. Shakyamuni is seated in dhyanasana on a double lotus base with
beaded rims, hands in bhumisparsa mudra, wearing a voluminous robe with bared
chest, delicately modeled features in a serene expression, large extended eyebrows
and hair arranged in tight curls, atop of his head a deep red protruding ushnisha,
an indication of it Japanese origin, and the statue can be tentatively attributed
to the 19th century Edo eras.