Bodhisattva Fugen borne by a white elephant

Price:  3.800,00

A partly gilt and lacquered wooden figure of Fugen Bosatsu, also known as the bodhisattva Samantabhadra.

Finely carved and assembled from multiple pieces of wood to depict Fugen Bosatsu
seated in meditation atop a lotus throne supported on a recumbent white elephant resting on rockwork atop a tiered rectangular base with pierced lotus designs.

The deity wearing long flowing robes opening at the chest and finely decorated in gold lacquer with clouds, lotus, scrolling vines, and diapered designs, and adorned with a beaded necklace. In his hands he holds two stems bearing a lotus leaf and bud, respectively. His serene face with heavy-lidded downcast eyes below gently arched brows centered by a rock crystal byakugo (urna), flanked by long pendulous pierced earlobes. The elaborate nimbus boldly carved with cloud formation and a central pierced lotus flowerhead.

Samantabhadra is the bodhisattva associated with the practice of Buddhist teaching and joins Manjushri, the lord of transcendent wisdom, in a trinity with Shakyamuni Buddha. The deity is
known as ‘He whose bounty is omnipresent’ and represents the Buddhist Law and compassion. The bodhisattva is borne by a white elephant, symbolic of the strength achieved through the practice of Buddhism.

Size; H. : 54.3 cm; base: 27,5 x 20 cm.

Period: Japan – Late Edo – First half 19th century.

In a nice original condition with some traces of age and wear. Please look at the photos for a clear condition reference.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.
Price including insured shipping.

Ref. No. : 72316-1d


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