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Edo Period Monju Bosatsu on Shishi, crystal Inlaid eyes


Edo Period Monju Bosatsu on Shishi, crystal Inlaid eyes

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1700: Item # 1121816
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Originally $2,950.00 
An extraordinarily expressive, esoteric, Edo period lacquered wood sculpture of Monju Bosatsu (Bodhisattva Manjusri). The figure seated in relaxed posture. The lower hand likely held a sutra scroll while the right hand likely held a sword. The sutra signified enlightenment (which attribution was particularly ascribed to this Bodhisattva) and the sword signified wisdom cutting off delusion. The Shishi association represents power and wisdom. The finish contrasts between the burnished gold lacquer of the figure and the painted matte lacquer of the dramatically portrayed beast and rockery. A mandorla was once attached to the back (no dovetailed slot so unclear if a mandorla was originally intended.) All raised on a multipart gold lacquered plinth with decorative borders and base with ornately carved bas relief frieze of clouds centering a deer among roiled waters. Both the figure and beast with inlaid crystal eyes with dramatic affect - particularly the large eyes of the Shishi. Monju Bosatsu's eyes are casts toward his right hand as if to examine the sword which would have been held (an activity any samurai sword connoisseur can relate to.) Expected moderate loss and distress to the lacquer surface, the gold lacquered figure of Monju Bosatsu in particularly decent condition. Overall height, 14 3/4 inches (37.5 cm). Overall width 11 1/4 inches (28.58 cm). Height of figure, Shishi and rockery, 10 1/4 inches (26 cm). Height of the figure and Shishi only (together forming one piece), 8 7/8 inches (22.5 cm).