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Stone Seated Amida Nyorai Buddha Muromachi 16 c.

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1700: Item # 1385882

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Stone depiction of a seated Amida Buddha, the hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra. Late-Muromachi Period ca. 1550. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 42 cm
Width: 22.5 cm
Depth: 11 cm
Packaged weight: 17 kg

A glance backward in time across the field of Japanese Buddhist stone sculpture tends to become a wide-eyed stare upon discovering a distinct stylistic shift somewhere around the beginning of the Edo Period ca. 1600. Six commonly observed characteristics of pre-Edo stone sculpture are as follows: (1) flatness, in two senses, namely, (a) shallow depth relative to height and width, and (b) shallow relief sculpting; (2) a triangulated upper mandorla resembling a pediment, usually jutting ledge-like outward over the figure; (3) a tapered base for insertion into the ground as opposed to a flat base for placement upon the ground; (4) stylistic primitivism with regard to the treatment of the deity depicted; (5) an overwhelming predominance of Amida Buddha depictions, invariably in the seated position with hands placed centrally on the lap in the Amida jo-in concentration mudra; and (6) an absence of both date and inscription.

A notably charming Muromachi-Period stone Amida Buddha in excellent condition, suitable for either indoor or outdoor display. If displayed indoors on a hard, flat surface, some form of lateral support, such as a wall, is required. If displayed outdoors, the tapered bottom can be inserted directly into the soil.