Japan, ca. 1880 CE. Small lacquered and gilt wooden shrine of the Shaka Buddha (Siddharta) flanked by bodhisattvas (Monju Bosatsu and Fugen Bosatsu). Buddha is seated in the lotus position with his fight hand in Abhaya Mudra (gesture of fearlessness) and left hand in Vara Mudra (gesture of charity). They sit atop a golden, multi-tiered throne, with golden mandralas behind their heads. A shrine like this would have been kept in a household butsudan, Japanese for Buddhist altar. The level of detail on this piece, especially the carving of the mandrala and of the figures, is amazing. Size: 9" W x 9" H x 4" L (23 cm x 23 cm x 10 cm).
Condition: This piece has been repaired, but looks almost entirely intact for display -- only the fingers of one hand of the central figure are missing. There is expected wear and patina but the artwork is clear.
Provenance: Ex-private northern Colorado collection.
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