Buddhist triad comprising three figures in bronze, namely, Amida Buddha (center), Jizo Bosatsu (left), and Kannon Bosatsu (right), standing upon a rock-form wooden dais atop a multi-tier gilt-wood plinth attached to the floor of a traveling shrine (zushi) made of wood with lacquer and gilt interior and lacquer exterior and gilt-copper metalwork. The three bronze figures Muromachi Period ca. 1500 and the zushi early-Edo ca. 1650. Interior gilt rubbing and exterior lacquer loss.
Height: 12.3 cm
Width: 9 cm
Depth: 4.2 cm
In Japanese Buddhist sculpture, the most commonly depicted triad is the Amida Triad (Jp. Amida Sanzon), comprising Amida Buddha, Kannon Bosatsu, and Seishi Bosatsu. Beginning from the Kamakura Period (1185~1333), depictions of a similar triad comprising Amida Buddha, Kannon Bosatsu, and Jizo Bosatsu appeared, reflecting rising popularity of the three deities among the common folk, who revered Amida for the coming life in paradise, Kannon for earthly deliverance, and Jizo for salvation from hell.