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18th C. Japanese Wood Dhyana Buddha

Japan, Edo Period, early 18th century (ca. 1720 CE). This is a wooden sculpture of a Buddha seated in the Dhyana mudra, the gesture of meditation, also called the full lotus position. He is covered in black lacquer over a gesso base coat. He has a red jewel embedded beneath his ushnisha (the bump on top of his head that symbolizes a part of his enlightenment) and crystal painted glass eyes. He was made out of several blocks of wood put together. The Buddha figure is seated on a 19th century CE wooden throne in the form of a lotus flower with a mandrala behind his head; it seems likely that this throne was originally made for another figure, but the size suits him well. This piece comes from the Edo Period in Japan, when the country was closed to almost all foreigners and enjoyed political stability for 250 years, allowing artwork to flourish. A piece like this would have been produced by a master craftsman in a workshop and sold to the general public or put into a shrine or temple. The level of carvedd detail on both Buddha and base is impressive. Size: 11" H x 9-1/2" W x 8" diameter at base (28 cm x 24 cm x 20 cm).

Provenance: Ex-private Loveland, Colorado collection.

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