A wood and gilt sculpture of Amida Nyorai (Amitābha) seated on a lotus stand with a zuko (halo)
The head is adorned with crystals representing the byakugo (white spiralling hair) on the forehead and the nikkei-shu (red jewel on the protrusion on top of the Buddha’s head). The right arm raised and the left arm extended with the forefinger and thumb of each hand forming a circle in the raigō-in mudra, welcoming the believer into Amida’s Great Western Paradise.
Japan 11th/12th century Heian period
Figure: H. 88cm x W. 71cm x D. 49.5cm (34¾” x 28” x 19½”)
Figure with stand and halo: H. 134cm x W. 95cm x D. 77cm (53” x 37½” x 30½”)
Provenance: Most probably from the collection of Nansho-in temple, Japan, circa 1729