A gilt wood sculptural Amida triad  Edo period (18th century)

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Lot 3072
A gilt wood sculptural Amida triad
Edo period (18th century)

Sold for US$ 17,500 inc. premium

Fine Japanese Works of Art

15 Sep 2015, 13:00 EDT

New York

A gilt wood sculptural Amida triad
Edo period (18th century)
As a haya-raigo (fast welcome) with Amida (Amitabha) standing in kirigane decorated monastic robes open at the chest and draping across both shoulders, the hands in Amida mudra, the serene face with crystal-inlaid downcast eyes and an urna framed by a coiffure of snail-shell curls, the figure fronting an almond-shaped nimbus rising to the back of a double-blossom lotus pedestal encircled by swirling clouds and raised on an elaborate stepped plinth; accompanied by two attendants, Seishi (Mahasthamaprapta) with his hands clasped in prayer to the left and Kannon (Avalokiteshvara) offering the small lotus throne in both hands to the right, each of the bodhisattva attendants standing in a slightly flexed posture on a single-blossom lotus pedestal raised on a tiered circular plinth, draped in elegant scarves and dhoti with fine kirigane patterns, the benign countenance featuring crystal inlaid eyes and framed an ornate open-work gilt metal diadem encircling a tall chignon and backed by a circular nimbus
26, 16 3/4 and 17in (66, 42.5 and 43.2cm) high

Footnotes

  • A raigo (coming in welcome) is the appearance of Amida Buddha and his attendants descending to earth to welcome and escort the dying devotee back to the Western Paradise. In this representation of a haya-raigo (fast welcome), or jin'un no Amida ('swift cloud Amida'), Amida descends from the clouds, his attendants, the bodhisattvas Seishi and Kannon, in rapid descent with their bodies at an angle in order to convey a sense of inevitability and immediacy to Amida's promise of salvation.
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A gilt wood sculptural Amida triad  Edo period (18th century)
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