PRESENTING A LOVELY Early 20C Japanese Stone Carved Buddha.
Made of green/brown solid stone… this statue features a kneeling Buddha with one hand on his bended knee and the other holding an offering.
Probably made in the first quarter of the 20th Century … circa 1920-30.
Beautifully hand-carved from one single piece of stone with excellent detail to eyes, nose ears face etc. The stone also has the appearance of symbols or hyroglifs all over it’s body, but it appears that they are not.
A really nice piece of medium proportions.
Bought by a Dallas Private Collector whilst on a trip to Japan in the 1970’s.
Buddhist temples, or Buddhist monasteries together with Shinto shrines, are considered to be amongst the most numerous, famous, and important religious buildings in Japan.[note 1] The shogunates or leaders of Japan have made it a priority to update and rebuild Buddhist temples since the Momoyama period.
The Japanese word for a Buddhist temple is tera (寺) (kun reading), and the same kanji also has the pronunciation ji (on reading), so that temple names frequently end in -dera or -ji. Another ending, -in (院), is normally used to refer to minor temples. Such famous temples as Kiyomizu-dera, Enryaku-ji, and Kōtoku-in are temples which use the described naming pattern. The Japanese word for a Buddhist temple Tera (寺) was anciently also written phonetically 天良 tera, and is cognate with the Modern Korean Chǒl from Middle Korean Tiel, the Jurchen Taira and the reconstructed Old Chinese *dɘiaʁ, all meaning “Buddhist Monastery”. These words are apparently derived from the Aramaic word for “Monastery” dērā/ dairā/ dēr (from the root dwr “to live together”), rather than from the unrelated and later Indian word for monastery vihara, and may have been transmitted by the first Central Asian translators of Buddhist scriptures, such as An Shigao or Lokaksema.
Early 20C Japanese Stone Carved Buddha
Provenance: From a Private Dallas Collection.
Condition: Very Good for it’s age.
Dimensions: 17″ Tall, 9″ Wide and 5″ Deep